Roots of violence
The violence in Assam,a place where I lived for 25 years,is a cause for worry. It is the outcome of a dogged refusal by successive Union and state governments to defuse the tension between migrants and indigenous residents of the region. The editorial Kokrajhar,unheard (IE,July 26) cautiously and variously talks about migrant Muslims,minorities and immigrant Muslims. It is easy for you and me,safe in our cities,to preach peace and restraint to the Bodos,but we do not have to compete with a growing population of immigrants for already sparse resources. The Congress and its allies have always denied the presence of Bangladeshis in Assam,while the BJP makes some noise but does little about the issue. Until the nation acknowledges the root of this crisis,people will continue to suffer in Assam.
THIS refers to the shocking revelation that IAS officers are working in foreign countries under a different name (The missing babus,IE,July 26). They should be asked to pay a huge penalty so that others learn a lesson or two. And it must be investigated why no action has been taken against these officers who have not joined work long after their leave was over.
Fast and slow
APROPOS Team Anna begins fast,attacks Pranab (IE,July 26),Team Annas objective is becoming confusing day by day. If they were so angry with Pranab Mukherjee,they should have agitated on the day of his nomination. Team Anna is now acting like a kangaroo court.
THE Delhi High Court has preserved the nations prestige by not allowing CWG-tainted Suresh Kalmadi to take part in the opening ceremony of the London Games on the grounds that his presence there could embarrass the government and the country (HC bars Kalmadi from Olympics opening ceremony,IE,July 26). This may be an opportune moment to address corruption,administrative malpractice and irregularities in Indias sports bodies.
Hurricane is back
IT IS heartening to know that the legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev and the BCCI have mended fences (Kapil officially back on board,IE,July 26). He was the captain who instilled confidence in his team to defend a meagre total of 183 against the mighty West Indies and brought the World Cup to India in 1983. The BCCI should utilise his sporting wisdom and enhance the image of
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