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The fine art of letting our cultural institutions fall into ruin

india Updated: May 01, 2012 20:40 IST

The fine art of letting our cultural institutions fall into ruin

With reference to Nayanjot Lahiri’s article Hurting our heritage (April 30), it is disheartening to learn about the mismanagement of public cultural institutions in India. There is no doubt that the authorities concerned are not interested in preserving our rich heritage. Such institutions in other countries, like in Italy and Spain, are equipped with modern technology and boast of state-of-the-art infrastructure. They attract millions of tourists every year, which adds to these nations’ economies. India should learn from these countries and stop hurting our national heritage. It could begin by, as Lahiri so rightly proposes, appointing an independent assessor to look into the problems faced by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Harish Benjwal, Delhi

A crystal clear policy on Siachen

PK Vasudeva in It’s more than just a sheet of ice (April 30) rightly states that the government should not compromise national security by taking decisions on how to deal with Pakistan on the Siachen glacier without consulting the armed forces. The Siachen is strategically significant for India. If Pakistan is serious about maintaining peaceful relations with India, it should first dismantle the terrorist camps on its soil and assure India that it will take action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Gautam Chandra, via email

The states need the Centre more

With reference to the editorial Held hostage by ad hocism (Our Take, April 30), there’s no denying the fact that the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will encroach on states’ constitutional rights. But the priority is to protect the country against terrorism, not keep chief ministers happy. The states must not come in the way of the NCTC. We need coordination among various security agencies. The states can’t do much without the Centre’s help in case of a terror attack.

G David Milton, via email

First Published: May 01, 2012 20:38 IST