Kashmir problem can't be solved by just giving more autonomy
With reference to the report Give J&K more autonomy, say interlocutors (April 20), the UPA should realise that fundamentalism — and not the post-1953 integration process with India — is responsible for the present unrest in Kashmir. The interlocutors seem to be obsessed with giving the Valley more autonomy, without realising that a policy changes have never worked in Kashmir. New Delhi must realise that India's relations with Pakistan can improve even without giving the state more autonomy.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi
Shaken and stirred
In her article Not Maggi noodles (Third Eye, April 16), Barkha Dutt aptly summarises Anna Hazare's movement against corruption and the demand for the c
She rightly states that Hazare's crusade has shaken up the political class and has made people aware of their constitutional rights. But she is wrong in equating the protests at Jantar Mantar with those at Egypt's Tahrir Square. The political set-up and the nature of the social problems are different in two countries.
Shanti Bhushan, via email
Hazare's movement has been successful because the people are fed-up with the political class. Moreover, the disconnect between the legislators and the people is so severe that only a strong mass movement can wake them up and force them to act.
Iqbal Narain, Delhi
Our historic mistakes
Thanks to Nayanjot Lahiri for her highly informative article describing Bhopal ruler Sultan Jahan Begum's efforts to conserve the Sanchi Stupa (A monumental error, April 20). It's high time Indians start taking care of our monuments. We shouldn't wait for a Dalai Lama or a Bill Gates to remind us about the importance of safeguarding our national heritage.
Ashok Raj, via email