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The painful roar of extinction

Apropos of the report So what’s killing our tigers? Bureaucracy above all (December 22), the rapid fall in the animal’s count is a cause of concern.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2008 23:57 IST

The painful roar of extinction
Apropos of the report So what’s killing our tigers? Bureaucracy above all (December 22), the rapid fall in the animal’s count is a cause of concern. It is feared that the situation at Panna national park would be similar to all other tiger reserves. Having personally witnessed the gradual mushrooming of the so-called resorts in the surrounding areas of Jim Corbett National Park, I think that such infringements should be strictly regulated. A political will is all that’s required to save our national animal from extinction.
Deepak Kumar Sharma, New Delhi

Facts of the matter
The article Not shortcuts please (December 24) by Maya Daruwala contains many inaccuracies. The remark that “his hands are tied by the Supreme Court” ascribed to Y.S. Dadwal, Commissioner of Delhi Police, is totally incorrect and baseless. In the report, the writer alleged that “the mettle of the public force would be better if senior officers like Dadwal don’t feel threatened by the law and understand the value of doing their work within its parameters instead”. Neither the Commissioner nor the Delhi Police has ever felt threatened by the law. The Delhi Police has meticulously complied with the directions given by the Supreme Court of India in 1996 in the case of D.K. Basu vs State of West Bengal. The police force seeks to work only within the framework of the law. The writer is advised to get the facts verified before quoting the head of the force on such sensitive matters.
Rajan Bhagat
Public Relations Officer, Delhi Police

Send Pakistan a reminder
Apropos of the report PM: The issue is not war, but terrorism (December 24), India must use all means to avoid war with Pakistan. Pakistan’s ego, disunited power groups and a powerful army have always posed problems for India. Pakistan must be reminded of its limits and be told that its demands are unlawful. Every war with it, so far, has proved counter-productive for that nation.
Sanjib Bhambi, New Delhi

The government’s reaction to Pakistan’s actions seems inadequate.
If we did not react fiercely on previous occasions, we cannot do so now. We continue to house Pakistani artistes and treat them as guests. We need to show some self-respect and call off all cultural exchanges, cancel train and bus services and detach in all other forms from such a nation.
Raghubir Singh, Pune

Take a firm stand
I agree with Firoz Bakht Ahmed’s views in his write-up Communal attack (December 23) that A.R. Antulay’s remark does no credit to Muslims. The Congress must find a way to deal with such a senior leader who feels frustrated in the changed circumstances. Even our Muslim brothers cannot afford to side politicians like Antulay who suddenly start playing vote-bank politics and damage their party’s philosophy for personal gains.
Vinod Tyagi, New Delhi

Unargumentative Parliament
With reference to the editorial Top billing, but no real debate (December 25), the speedy process of passing important legislations, without any debate, in the last two days of Parliament’s session has been of no great significance. The government needs to ensure that the Parliament meets more often and for longer durations so that there is time for a healthy discussion on major Bills.
RK Malhotra, New Delhi

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