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.

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ISI’S Game­plan

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.

NALINI VIJAYARAGHAVAN,

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

Harsh Pun­ish­ment

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

Congress Fail­ure

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

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