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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

State must not Yield to Khap Demands
THE Union Law Minister, Mr Veerappa Moily did the right thing by ruling out amending the Hindu Marriage Act in order to accommodate the Khap panchayats demands. The so-called honour killings are illegal and unacceptable.

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Caste Continues to be King

BY INDER MALHOTRA
THERE can now be no escape from the caste-based census that independent India had wisely never had before. Even in British days when the caste of everyone was recorded during the enumeration of population, the pernicious and divisive practice had ended in 1931, exactly 80 years ago. Because of the Second World War no census was held in 1941.

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Why Poor turn Maoists

THE recent weeks have witnessed a significant change in the approach of the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram toward the ‘Maoist problem’. His latest statement is that there is a ‘huge trust deficit’ between government and people in the areas of Maoist influence across the country and the government would now deliver more inclusive growth in these areas.

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Traffic Scenario

THE decision of the state government to seek assistance of the Central Road Research Institute for preparing a report on road traffic scenario needs to be explained for its rationale.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Missing Road Dividers
ONLY a couple of months ago, a generous industrialist from Vasco da Gama had donated a large number of road dividers with reflectors to the traffic cell of Goa Police,

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Tighter Check on Radiation Risks

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
THREE weeks after a Delhi scrap dealer was exposed to cobalt-60 and developed acute radiation sickness, the radioisotope was finally traced to a Delhi University chemistry laboratory.
Radiation is an especially insidious poison, being invisible. One of the 11 exposed scrap-workers died. Others are reportedly gravely sick.

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Cameron’s Blinkers

ON his very first day in office, Britain’s new Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron broke his promise “to forge a new special relationship” with India by putting an annual limit and new curbs on migrants from India.

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Self-Reliant Ferry Service

INVIGORATING the river navigation department and introducing new ferryboats will not have a desired impact on the economy of the state and also on the commuters unless the ferry service becomes self-reliant.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Backward in Thought
IF we trace human history there will be unending instances to justify how religious leaders have arrogated to themselves the right to impose their decree on their followers and unceasingly spared no pains to push mankind towards eternal doom.

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Overcoming Mutual Distrust

BY KULDIP NAYAR
ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Devika has not yet rec onciled to what happened to her on November 26, 2008. She was hit by a bullet and lost her right leg while waiting at a bus terminus. That the gunman Mohammad Ajmal Kasab has been found guilty is her personal and emotive issue.

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