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india Updated: Feb 13, 2013 22:20 IST
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Kumbh Mela

It's time the State learned some lessons in crowd management
With reference to the editorial It was waiting to happen (Our Take, February 12), the recent stampede at the Allahabad railway station is a grim reminder of our authorities' under-preparedness to manage events like the Kumbh Mela. But the State doesn't seem to have learned any lessons in crowd management. All that the government does is express sorrow, hand out compensation to the families of those who die in such tragedies and set up committees. Instead, it should plan security arrangements and first-aid services for these events in a better way and improve coordination among various agencies and departments to avoid such accidents from taking place.
Vijai Pant, via email

Minority appeasement won't help
In her article No room for 'others' (February 12), Nandini Sunder forgets to mention the sufferings of Kashmiri Pandits, which should have been at the core of her argument. In the Afzal Guru case, the State made a mistake by not hanging him soon after he was caught. By delaying his execution, India has helped Guru become a hero of sorts in Pakistan. By appeasing minorities, the government is doing a big disservice to Hindus as well as to the families of victims of various attacks by jihadis.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi

Make women aware of their rights
Shireen Jejeebhoy, in the article Bruised behind closed doors (February 11), rightly states that many women in India are victims of domestic violence. The situation can change only when women step forward and demand equal rights and justice for themselves. For that, we must educate girls so that they become financially independent. Our law-enforcement agencies should also take positive steps to apprise women of their rights.
SD Sahay, Delhi