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The army and Centre seem to be marching to different drummers.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2012 21:14 IST

The army and Centre seem to be marching to different drummers

With reference to the editorial It’s worthy of a 21-gun salute (Our Take, April 6), the growing trust deficit between the Union government and the Indian Army should be an eye-opener for the political establishment. While the movement of two army units can be written off as a stray violation of norms and protocol, it should not raise doubts about the intentions of the armed forces. Yet, it is evident that there is distrust between the two parties. It is time that our political leaders take this development seriously and evolve a transparent, efficient and principled system of functioning.

Ved Guliani, Hisar


Move to boost Obama’s ratings

This refers to the report Bounty aimed at convicting, not locating, Hafiz Saeed (April 6). It appears that the US has ultimately realised that both Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed are threats to peace. But let’s not forget that the US polls are coming and this could be just a move to push up President Barack Obama’s domestic ratings.

Anjan Kumar Samal, via email

Ignoring the victims’ human rights

Rather than advocating the abolition of the death penalty, Rajindar Sachar should have been more concerned about the interference of religion and politics in the law (Let’s dismantle the gallows forever, April 4). He is suggesting that the Akali Dal should have tak-en up the issue of Balwant Singh Rajo-ana’s death sentence and that the party should have made his clemency an issue in the elections. India is a terror-hit country and the death penalty is necessary for anti-national elements. By talking about their rights, he shows complete disregard for the victims.

MC Joshi, Delhi