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Sri Lanka has scored another diplomatic victory over the European call to probe “war crimes” during its anti-LTTE operations....

•Sri Lanka has scored another diplomatic victory over the European call to probe “war crimes” during its anti-LTTE operations (‘India,Pak unite to block…’,IE,May 29). How strange it is that human rights organisations interpret “human rights violations” to suit their convenience. By using people as human shields for protection against the Lankan armed forces,the LTTE itself violated all international notions of human rights. The UN has rightly rejected the call for an investigation.

— Deepak Chikramane


Pak in tatters

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•One can only hope that the recent blasts in Lahore and Peshawar will serve as an eye-opener for the Pakistani establishment,especially the army and the ISI. The attack near the ISI office has shown once again that terrorists are friends of no one. Their targets may vary but they can strike at will. Here’s one question for the Pakistani political and military bosses: if they were really sincere about the ongoing Swat operations,how come the Taliban’s still at large? Were they not merely trying to mollify the Obama administration?

— Sanjay K. Sinha


Everybody failed

•This refers to the article ‘The lessons of Orissa’ (IE,May 29). The article does well to list the follies of the BJD-led state government over the last five years. It also does well to pull up the Congress and the BJP for doing nothing to put Naveen Patnaik in a spot. Of course,being a part of the government for most those five years except the last few months,it was much more difficult for the BJP to suddenly hammer the government. That was more the Congress’s task.

— S.C. Panda


Anything goes

•Giving vent to anger is not a licence to destroy public and private property,to indulge in vandalism and rioting (‘Framing an agitation’,IE,May 29). Of course,one has a democratic right to be angry and aggrieved,but one cannot do anything illegal in order to

express that anger and compel action. Rioting and thuggery are non-negotiable crimes and deserve immediate punishment. Yet,such actions are on the rise and nobody lands in jail for such. The reason is state governments’ singular lack of interest in checking such violence. As long as there’s a political fruit to reap at the end,anything can go.

— Manoj Parashar

Greater Noida

•Why does violent conduct characterise all our protestors? How does an unfortunate killing in Vienna trigger such mayhem in Punjab? It makes one wonder if people are indeed insane; or if there’s much more in these occurrences than meets the eye. The very first day of the new government has been thus marred — rioting in Punjab,a cyclone in Bengal. While one can’t prevent natural disasters,manmade ones can never be allowed to cause

ripple effects half the way across the world.

— K.L. Khandekar


First published on: 01-06-2009 at 00:42 IST
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