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Good opportunity to clean up the terrible coal mess

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | Janga Bahadur Sunuwar | Jalpaiguri

The Supreme Court's ruling that coal block allotments made by the Union Government from 1993 to 2009 were done in an illegal manner, comes as a challenge and an opportunity for the Narendra Modi administration to set things right. The Prime Minister has got a suitable chance to iron out…

Wild imagination

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | PSN | Via web

Sir — This refers to the article, “The new world order needs a new Islam” (August 26) by Sandhya Jain. The article may be lacking in logic but the writer more than makes up for it with her fertile imagination. She can beat even the Pakistanis (who are conspiracy champions)…

Scary situation

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | Come Carpentier | Via web

Sir — This refers to the article, “The new world order needs a new Islam” (August 26) by Sandhya Jain. It is a brave and insightful article that treads on many toes as it raises several uncomfortable questions. But we cannot run away from reality and need to face it head-on.

Wrong direction

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | Krishan | Via web

Sir — This refers to the editorial, “Patience running out” (August 26). Through the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘tolerance’ became a by-word for ‘submission’. That tolerance was one-sided, and the Hindu community paid a heavy price for it. One can argue that it was of strategic value then. It kept the…

Kashmir-specific

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | JL Ganjoo | Delhi

Sir — Whatever the compulsions of Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma to speak out the truth, the question is: If a Muslim can be the President of India, the Vice President of India, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, what stops a Hindu from being the Chief Minister…

Time to walk the tough talk against Pakistan

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | Avinash Pandita | New Delhi

This refers to the editorial, “Patience running out” (August 26). The Government of India talks tough when Pakistan violates the ceasefire along the Line of Control, but does not actually enforce its hard stand. For example, bilateral trade is sometimes cancelled and bus trips are discontinued in response to Pakistani…

Flawed allocation

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | Bal Govind | Noida

Sir — This refers to the report, “Coal allotments illegal: SC” (August 26). Though the Supreme Court has deemed the coal block allocations to be illegal, it has not cancelled the allocations yet. This has created huge uncertainty. It is not clear if the blocks will now be operated by Coal…

Opportunist leaders

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | Manish Garg | Via email

Sir — The victory of the mahagathbandhan, the grand alliance stitched together by Mr Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, in Bihar, is a victory of the forces representing corruption, communalism and opportunism. It reminds one of the alliance of the five Deccan Sultanates —Bidar, Berar, Golconda, Bijapur and Ahmadnagar — that…

Drug menace

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | SC Agrawal | Delhi

Sir — Punjab’s biggest threat is the Pakistan-sponsored drug menace. A drug-addicted youth population in the border State will not be able to rise to the occasion. Brave Punjabi soldiers helped India win the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars. Lack of employment opportunities has also resulted in large-scale Punjabi emigration. The…

Bad decision

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | Ganapathi Bhat | Akola

Sir — This refers to the editorial, “Liquor politics in Kerala” (August 25). The proposed ban is an offshoot of intense rivalry within the United Democratic Front Government in Kerala. Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, hoping to outsmart his political rival, Kerala Congress chief VM Sudheeran, has rushed towards the unthinkable…

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SOUND BITES

Extremists and the safe haven and sanctuary they enjoy in Pakistan, pose a challenge. But Pakistan’s military has taken action against some.

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MP and actor | Paresh Rawal

It is the heaviest firing by Pakistan since the 1971 war. Forty-five days is a very long period for this kind of thing to happen.

BSF Director General | DK Pathak
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