What about the Pandits?
There is nothing wrong in holding talks with the Hurriyat and other separatist elements (Hurriyat, PM to meet again, April 27).india Updated: May 01, 2006 00:07 IST
There is nothing wrong in holding talks with the Hurriyat and other separatist elements (Hurriyat, PM to meet again, April 27). But it is shocking that despite the fact that Kashmiri Pandits have been among the worst sufferers, they remain neglected, and the government never makes the effort to involve them in any meaningful talks. Their stake in the Kashmir issue should not be underestimated.
The Prime Minister’s office looks threatened. First, Arjun Singh violated all norms by speaking about reservations prior to elections in several states. Kapil Sibal then denigrated the reservation policy. Some other ministers, too, seem to be dealing directly with Sonia Gandhi rather than the PM. Now, Natwar Singh has spoken out against the UPA. Who is being loyal to whom here?
MCD of no use
Apropos of the editorial Demolish the MCD (April 24), the public needs to decide whether the MCD is required or not. All work, be it the issue of illegal construction, encroachment, cleaning the Yamuna, etc., is anyway being taken care of by the courts. The court should be provided with the required manpower to carry out these tasks better. At least we can save the money being spent on the corrupt MCD.
The apex court’s order to pull down illegal structures and seal shops located in residential areas will end up making about 20 lakh people unemployed and could result in civil disorder.
Passport to freedom
It is ironical that when the common man struggles to get a passport through proper channels, criminals like Sher Singh Rana walk out easily with their passports (Applying for a passport?, April 28). Our system is more corrupt than the criminals. Before punishing the criminal, a thorough inquiry should be conducted to book the officials involved in issuing Rana a passport.
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