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Posted at: Jun 17, 2018, 1:50 AM; last updated: Jun 17, 2018, 1:50 AM (IST)

Fear of ‘outsiders’

Communal violence in Shillong’s Punjabi Lane has brought to the fore the fear of “outsiders” (Fight for right at Shillong's lane of squalor). At the core of the tension between the Sikh community and the ethnic majority is a political narrative that sees non-tribals as foreigners. The anti-foreigners agitation in Assam in the 1970s triggered a similar tension across the region. The situation may have returned to normal for now, but the underlying tension will keep resurfacing unless the political discourse targeting Bengalis, Biharis, Muslims, Nepalese, etc., stops. 

LJS Panesar, Amritsar

Keep nation first

Leaders must rise above petty issues and focus on subjects of national interest (Politics dwarfs real issues, again). Rather than targeting individuals, the political parties should focus on terrorism, farmers’ problems, sagging economy and other important issues. The Opposition has to play a positive role in the nation's march to prosperity. The country must be kept above political engrossments.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Regain the lost glory

With burgeoning population, vehicular traffic and increasing pollution, Chandigarh can no longer claim itself to be “City Beautiful” (How ‘clean’ City Beautiful can be). Had French architect Le Corbusier not planned for future expansion of residential and commercial areas, the present situation would have been much worse. A sound plan is needed to bring back the lost glory of the city and keep its original character intact. 

Sanjay Chopra, Mohali

Pak poll matters

Our western neighbour’s continuing struggle to establish a stable democracy has an important bearing on us too. The ensuing General Election in Pakistan, therefore, is evoking much interest in India as well. In this context, the electorate there has a special responsibility to elect the right leadership which can take the relations between the two countries forward and establish peace in the region.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Space for dialogue

The image of former President Pranab Mukherjee, also a Congress veteran, at an RSS function in Nagpur will remain etched in our memories for a long time (Pranab’s bid to define nationalism). It caused much discomfort to the Congress which made little sense as Mukherjee used the occasion to only reinforce the values of tolerance, secularism and social harmony. The coming together of two different ideologies at one stage is good for our democracy that prides itself on providing space for dialogue.

PL Singh, by email

Caught napping

Potable Water shortage in summers is nothing new, so does the authorities' lack of preparedness (Mussoorie, Nainital remain woefully thirsty). Even after experiencing the problem year after year, there is no action plan beforehand. No concrete steps are taken by officials to preserve water and check its wastage. Authorities need to wake up to this perennial problem before it gets too late.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

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