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india Updated: Apr 08, 2013 00:27 IST

Mamata Banerjee is doing Bengal and herself a great disservice
With reference to the editorial A poriborton for the worse (Our Take, April 5), West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee should exercise restraint when dealing with matters that are sensitive. She must be criticised for her irresponsible comments. Despite her claim, the custodial death of a student leader is no ‘petty’ matter. The chief minister has often demonstrated her ignorance by making statements that are baseless and uninformed. Not only is she tarnishing her image, she is doing so at the cost of Bengal’s welfare.
Ashok Ghosh, via email

Time for the PM to mean business
With reference to the editorial With an eye on the accelerator (Our Take, April 4), the prime minister’s address to India Inc seemed too defensive and apologetic. Unfortunately, he failed to boost the country’s confidence. The stock market’s lukewarm reaction was proof of the same. The rhetoric of Manmohan Singh’s speech seemed only too familiar. Pressing issues such as corruption and bureaucratic inertia were ignored. If the PM really means business, he must push for greater reforms, even if this entails a loss of power at the Centre.
DR Gulati, via email

Prescription for Kashmir’s wounds
David Devadas in The betrayal of hope (April 4) is right in mentioning that the UPA government has done little to heal the wounds of the Kashmiris. These wounds that have been inflicted by the army and police have only become more painful after the execution of Afzal Guru. Rather than act in haste, the government should have waited for a time that would have been appropriate for such an execution. Kashmir needs security, faith, economic development, employment and sympathy, not handcuffs, jails and bullets.
GN Prasad, via email

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