PM unable to gauge public mood
All armies are trained to defend their borders. But the barbarism of the Pakistan army men who killed and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers is reflective of a belligerent psyche and compulsive hatred towards India. While it is true that customarily diplomats talk “sweet” while soldiers talk “tough”, this time around there is no evidence of a nuanced strategy. To have expected a flag meeting to produce results after fruitless exchanges at the level of director general military operations was childish. Such disjointed, somewhat spineless stumbling actually sends out a larger message, that the prime minister is unable to assess the people’s mood or is unwilling to look beyond the stock market. The nation deserves better: elections cannot come too quickly.
—KN Raghavendra, Bangalore
Apropos of “No business as usual with Pakistan:PM”, continuing with confidence building measures as advocated by some people and a section of the media would only build the Pakistan army’s confidence to escalate its activities against India. History will show that whenever we’ve tried to take bilateral dialogue path Pakistan has yielded little space and we have been left high and dry. It appears that Pakistan considers these diplomatic initiatives as a sign of India’s weakness and so takes the liberty to indulge in terror activities against India. Our Pakistan policy, which was previously influenced by the super powers during the Cold War era, is now largely dictated by US interests. As usual, the prime minister has spoken after a long wait, and probably more due to the pressure of public anger. Those demanding tough action against Pakistan are not necessarily talking about war, but a stop to diplomatic niceties and stern preventive steps that will isolate Pakistan. It’s time for the UPA to take a clear stand.
—N Ramamurthy, Chennai
It is curious to see our media, especially the electronic media, going ballistic over the Pakistan Supreme Court ordering the arrest of prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf for allegedly receiving bribes in power projects. A section of the media has even gone to the extent of insinuating that the Pakistan judiciary is acting in collusion with the military establishment and the firebrand cleric Tahir-Ul-Quadri to dislodge a democratically elected government. Pakistan’s SC has often exhibited its independence and acted against the corrupt particularly in high places. In contrast, it is the SC of India that has pronounced some controversial judgements that have shaken the faith of the common man in the impartiality of our justice system. Like the issue of the clean chit to the PM in the numerous scams that have unfolded recently, when evidence has shown that he ignored the warnings of several agencies and allowed corrupt colleagues to loot the exchequer.
—Subramanian Venkataraman, Mumbai
Standing up for Dhoble
It is heartening that in a system where the police attracts public wrath for inaction, inefficiency and corruption, there is a police officer like Vasant Dhoble who is courageously doing his job. He was unceremoniously transferred following the death of a hawker during a drive to evict hawkers. And in an unusual step, citizens’ groups and activists have raised their voices against the transfer. The assistant police commissioner was also removed abruptly from his earlier posting when he launched a drive against hookah lounges and bars, as this made many uncomfortable. We have seen other such instances of harassment of honest officials by their superiors. Citizens’ protests whether against rape or corruption, is a good sign that people are not in a mood to tolerate high-handedness.
—MC Joshi, by email
ACP Vasant Dhoble was transferred because he did his job honestly. He was transferred even before the post-mortem report of the hawker, who died, was received, or the inquiry committee set up. The illegal hawkers in public places are a big nuisance, leaving behind a lot of garbage daily, never paying any taxes, but managing to stave off eviction on the strength of muscle power. Dhoble must be honoured and rewarded for the good work he has done. We must punish the politicians, who are targeting the police officer and supporting such illegal hawking activities, by not voting for them the next time round.
—Shishir Khanderia, Mumbai
It was heartening to see Team India bounce back at Kochi like a wounded tiger, with a thumping 127 runs victory. It was particularly encouraging to see the much-maligned captain MS Dhoni recover his hard-hitting form, with sixes all around the park as we have seen him do so often before. Ravindra Jadeja also redeemed himself, as if stung by the criticism of his failure in the first match, making a useful contribution with both bat and ball. Though the openers did not click this time, it was good to see five other batsmen score well and that is how it should be. Young Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled his heart out to take three wickets, giving away only 29 runs in 10 overs. May his tribe increase!
—V Subramanyan, Thane
Hazardous kite strings
Apropos of “Flying kites proves unsafe for 3 in city”, the injuries caused to passersby as well as birds due to the glass-coated ‘manja’ (string) used for flying kites, on the beautiful festival of Makar Sankranti, is hazardous and tragic. The government should consider banning the use of such glass-coated string, even if it will reduce the competitive spirit in flying kites.
—Brinda Upadhyaya, Association for Service and Healing of Animals
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