The world today needs a global strategy to against terrorism
With reference to the reports Two Indians among 68 dead as Nairobi siege enters Day 2 and Taliban suicide bombers hit Peshawar church, 78 killed (September 23), the terrorist attacks at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, underline the global nature of terror. No country can fight terrorism alone and thus the developed and the developing world must come up with a global strategy to counter terrorism. As far as India and Pakistan are concerned, the two should work together to end terror in the subcontinent.
Hansraj Bhat, via email
Yogendra Yadav’s sacking from the UGC is unethical
The sacking of social scientist and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member, Yogendra Yadav, by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is unfortunate, to say the least (Yogendra Yadav sacked from UGC, September 19). The UGC’s argument that Yadav’s association with the education body may lead to politicisation of the organisation is ambiguous. Moreover, the UGC (Disqualification, Retirement and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1992, does not say that political affiliation could be a ground for removal of a member. Yadav has said that he had “verbally” offered to quit after he joined the AAP, but was asked to continue. Why he did not express his intent to resign in writing also begs for an answer.
Ganapathi Bhat, via email
The government must amend the Juvenile Justice Act
With reference to the editorial An idea whose time has come (Our Take, September 23), the fact that according to the National Crime Records Bureau there has been a 143% increase in the number of rapes by juveniles must compel the government to revisit the law. It is time the country brought juvenile laws on par with laws in other countries where the nature of crime, and not the age of the criminal, determines the quantum of punishment. In the US, there are special courts to deal with under-18 delinquents and around 20 states allow them to be tried and sentenced as adults to life imprisonment.
Ramesh Sinha, via email