Manmohan-Nawaz meet is out of sync with India’s mood
With reference to the report Twin terror strike in Jammu kills 10, PM says talks still on (September 27), it is sad that at a time when the UPA government did little to quell the growing public anger over the killing of Indian jawans by Pakistani soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC), terrorists dressed in army uniforms attacked a police station and an army camp, killing 13 people, on Thursday. In the wake of these developments, the proposed meet between the prime ministers of both countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly is not in sync with the public mood in India. If at all Prime Minister Manmohan Singh feels that the talks cannot be derailed, he needs to clearly define the terms of engagement to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. It cannot be business as usual until Pakistan is serious about addressing India’s concerns.
-Parthasarathy Sen, via email
Charity begins at home, so netas, babus must take public transport
Minister of petroleum and natural gas Veerappa Moily’s ideas to reduce fuel consumption are quite informative but reek of hypocrisy (Help the nation, take the bus, Moily urges Indians, September 25). He must realise that charity begins at home so he must first put an end to the blatant misuse of official vehicles by netas and their family members. Moreover, the government must lead by example and thus it must encourage politicians and babus to take public transport and get acquainted with the pathetic state of roads, unruly auto-rickshaw drivers and overcrowded buses.
-Akshay Pradeep Jadhav, via email
Nothing will deter criminals more than the fear of death
With reference to Sanjay Srivastava’s article We don’t need the hangman’s noose (September 26), those who argue against the death penalty seem to be ignorant about the criminal justice system in India. The death penalty is an exception and not a rule. It is awarded in the rarest of rare cases. In barbaric cases like the December 16 one, victims, their families and society need a sense of closure and justice. Moreover, nothing will deter criminals more than the fear of death.
-Kiran Yadav, via email