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With reference to the editorial A stitch in time saves... (Our Take, December 16), the Centre won’t find it easy to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir for many reasons, the main being the Indian Army’s stand on it.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2011 22:43 IST

The interlocutors’ report could be the first step to a lasting solution
With reference to the editorial A stitch in time saves... (Our Take, December 16), the Centre won’t find it easy to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir for many reasons, the main being the Indian Army’s stand on it. But what it can do at this point of time, as the editorial rightly suggests, is to make the interlocutors’ report public. Let the people of the state discuss the report and come up with suggestions. But the implementation of the report must be done in a time-bound manner; too much delay will only complicate the situation for the state and the Centre in the long-run.
Ramesh Sinha, via email

They will never walk the talk
This refers to the report Anna isolated: don’t rush lokpal bill, all parties tell govt (December 15). The all-party meeting to finalise the draft Lokpal Bill was stage-managed and, therefore, it failed to achieve anything. Though the government claims that all the UPA allies are on the same page, in reality they are not. The demand for reservation in the lokpal structure is impractical. India’s major political parties don’t want to pass this Bill for obvious reasons, no matter what they tell the public. Anna Hazare should expose their double standards.
N Ramamurthy, via email

Let’s burst this bubble at least
The editorial Comfortably numb (The Pundit, December 15) is shocking. The Delhi government’s decision to distribute sheets of bubble wrap instead of blankets is ridiculous. Aren’t poor human beings like political leaders? Thanks to increased tax revenues, there is no dearth of money in government coffers. But there is a severe lack of intent on the part of authorities.
Rajan Kalia, via email