This refers to the editorial,A harsh winter (IE,December 6). It is really a shame that Uttar Pradeshs Samajwadi Party government has done nothing to help citizens forced into relief camps after the recent spate of communal violence in the state. On one hand,it has done very little to punish the culprits who caused the riots in Muzaffarnagar,on the other,it has not been able to provide adequate safety for those staying in the relief camps. The SP government talks about the welfare of minorities and tries to garner their votes at election time. But it leaves them to fend for themselves at a time when they need both moral and material support from the government. This is the height of hypocrisy. Such a government should not remain in office for long.
K. Ashok Kumar
This refers to Victory in the Valley by Syed Ata Hasnain (IE,December 11). I am disappointed by the writers contempt for surrendered militants. I know several people whom he calls surrendered terrorists. It is true that the state and Central governments have failed them. They are economically vulnerable. But right now,they are equally afraid of the military and militancy. Hasnain says they are all with different shades of antipathy to the establishment. But that is also true of the majority of Kashmiris for reasons known to everyone. So,what shall the end game be? To kill these surrounded terrorists or wait for their natural death? Only then will the Indian state trust us and declare victory. There seems to be a lack of faith in their reformation because they are the other.
The CBSEs plan to introduce a financial literacy test for students from class eight to 10 (CBSE to conduct first-ever financial literacy test for students IE,December 13) is an excellent idea. It will ensure that classroom learning is linked to the monetary and financial scenario of the country. This will enable schoolchildren to get acquainted with the intricacies of the market and the working of financial institutions. Moreover,they might even develop a taste for economics. This type of real-world exposure is what the education system needs. Itll also be great if schools are able to keep up with the times.
A fine balance
This refers to the editorial The Kabul test (IE,December 13). It is correct to assert that Indias Afghanistan policy is going to have to strike a delicate balance in the run up to and after the withdrawal of US forces. So far,our Af-Pak strategy has cut no ice. We have failed to convince Islamabad of Indias future role in maintaining peace in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai is looking for support from India to deal with the likely resurgence of the Taliban and increased prominence of the Pakistan army. In view of the highly volatile situation on the ground,India ought to do its homework meticulously and develop a comprehensive policy towards the issue.