Pakistan’s Vampire Plan For Khalistan
The ISI is plotting to revive a dead dream. Ensconced in Lahore, two of Khalistan movement’s most dreaded militants are fanning the flames of a deep-seated anger.
Thanks to the ever-scheming ISI, the Khalistan movement is down but not out (“Pakistan’s Plan for Khalistan”, November 14). India’s troublesome neighbour is now riding on the coattails of a few disgruntled, power-crazy Sikhs to accomplish its mission of ‘bleeding India with a thousand cuts’. The silver lining is that the extremists of Punjab are mere fringe elements. The majority of the Sikh population is not oblivious to the discrimination meted out to Sikhs in Pakistan. They have long realised unity is strength and being a part of India is a far better option than secession.
Sydney It has been the mindset of Pakistan since partition to
Pakistan, since its birth, has looked outward in only one direction, towards destabilising India. It has been wasting its energy for over 60 years.
P AWAN K UMARFA NGARIA , Noida
view India as enemy no.1. Pakistan’s ISI is working overtime to foment trouble in J&K; and now to revive the aborted dream of Khalistan. Pakistan wants to bleed India on every front—from circulating counterfeit Indian currency to encouraging ‘internal terror’. Only a revolution by levelheaded Muslims in the country will bring about a tangible change in Pakistan.
S. LAKSHMI, by email There’s no denying that the idea of Khalistan is alive and kicking. But the chances of a comeback by the armed movement are negligible. However, India’s state of denial about the Punjab problem and its utter disregard for Sikh sentiments have build up a degree of resistance amongst various Sikh groups. The onus to
end the cycle of violence rests on New Delhi. It should take the initiative for the resolution of the Punjab conflict.
HARKANWAR SINGH, Amritsar
The crucial but unanswered question raised in the last paragraph of the article does have answers and reasons too (“Justice For Keenan And Reuben”, November 14). It is all due to the insensitivity of the police in cases of eve-teasing and molestation and their adverse attitude towards those who try to help. Since cases of eveteasing are on the rise, it is mandatory to pass legislation with provisions for severe and exemplary punishment, including protection to witnesses. Trails should be conducted on a daily basis.
INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi Why have people living in metropolitan cities become so callous? What if the same thing happens to their son or daughter instead? Would they not want passers-by to help them? Let us make it our personal responsbility to make our cities a safer place to live in.
MADHUMITA S., Delhi
Your State Of The States poll (November 14) has brought out the true picture of which state has actually made the most of its resources. However, it may not be to the liking of the UPA because it clearly shows states ruled by the Congress and its allies at the bottom of the ladder, or almost there. What must truly be irking the Congress is the positive rating given to Narendra Modi’s style of governance. Whatever his other faults, Modi is an able administrator.
AMBAR MALLICK, Kolkata This annual feature is a succinct summation of performance of the states with an added narrative on the methodology of ranking and a gist of small vis-a-vis large states. The study goes a long way to helping us understand the relative performance of our political units. It’s good that state administrations get recognition.
Dr K.U. MADA, Mumbai With regard to Uttarakhand in your survey: first of all, it is not a big state. It is a tiny hill state. The ground realities are just the opposite of those described by your reporter. There is a crisis of leadership, dedication and accountability. Corruption is rampant across all department. Your reporter is advised to visit the hill districts and then file an objective report.
Lt Gen Dr MOHAN, Wellington
A New Pakistan
Imran Khan has been saying continuously that change is needed in Pakistan, and he did have a successful campaign in Lahore (Short Road to Power, November 14). But his alliance with Jehanir Tareen and company— everyone knows they are establishment players— contradicts his statement. Clearly the establishment is using him against Nawaz Sharif and that is why the media is supporting him. Let’s see what he does for change.
JAVED IQBAL, Karachi The way Imran Khan’s public meeting was made successful, the way a section of the media went all out and the way many political figures are suddenly joining his party after just one public meeting indicates some force is behind this circus, the very force that does not like Nawaz Sharif.
JAMAL YOUSUF, Pakistan
Kashmir Not Ready
The Indian Army is quite right in opposing withdrawal of AFSPA even partially in J&K ( PM Keeps Army in Valley, November 14). Politicians will never bother about society’s perils and are only worried about their positions. Omar may be under pressure but the reality is J&K doesn’t deserve a free run. People of the state should support the army in the interest of their safety.
V. S. GANESHAN, Bangalore