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Whither Pakistan?

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Malnutrition among children

Despite the impressive economic growth of India, the country has not led to a reduction in under-nutrition among its children. The Economic growth in India is largely driven by the service and technology sector, benefiting mostly the ‘privileged section’ of the country. However, majority of the population is engaged in farming or manufacturing. A study at Harvard said that the government should use its growing revenues for direct investments in aid like food stamps to address the problem. So the so called economic growth and development is confined to a minority of people who live a lavish life while a large chunk of people including the children go under nutrition. It high time that the government rise up and prove its worth for every section of the society, otherwise, the common man will have to face a tough time ahead.

Mohd Ziyaullah Khan, Nagpur - 440013

More to add to judicial standards and accountability bill

Presently ‘Judicial Standards & Accountability Bill’ is under active consideration of Union government. Apart from removing penal-provision for so-alleged ‘frivolous’ complaints and ensuring constitution as permanent high-powered National Judicial Commission replacing lengthy procedure with various channels in between like Scrutiny Panel, Oversight Committee, Presidential reference, Parliamentary Committee and then cumbersome Parliamentary procedure of impeachment, there should also be a provision for video-recording of court-proceedings. Cost of providing video-recording will more than be compensated by speedy court-proceedings and other several advantages achieved through suggested video-recording. Bill should also incorporate provision to retirement-age for High Court judges same as that of Supreme Court judges which is presently 65 years to utilise full services of honest and deserving judges till the ultimate age of 65 years feasible presently to remain in judiciary. Move will also abolish unhealthy practice of lobbying to reach Supreme Court just for increasing tenure in judicial life. Also all High Court judges should be compulsorily appointed from outside their home-states to check chances of influence through local relations and former bar-colleagues on locally appointed High Court judges.

Subhash Chandra Agarwal, Delhi -6

Hike in MPLADS

Congress Party led UPA has done splendid job by increasing MPLADS fund from 2 crores to 5 crores. With the recommendation of MPs many works are bound to be done by officials, for example roads, gali, drain, sewage, hand pumps, rooms for school, sheds etc. which are basics amenities can be done in the area where oppressed class live. For rich and high society area government showers fund but governmental schemes die in backward areas as the UPA much publicised minority area development scheme failed due to official’s callous attitude toward minorities. If UPA wants this scheme to click, the MPs of selected districts/areas must be involved in the implementation of the minority area development fund scheme. This is why our P.M. while addressing newly recruited IAS said that “I appeal to you that must give special attention to SC, ST, minorities and Women” (10 Feb 2011) He also said that maintaining communal harmony is essential otherwise country would disintegrate

S. Haque, Patna

Pray for Ahlulbait, too

While paying tributes to the Holy Prophet all of us say and write SALLALLAAHU ALAYHI WASALLAM only. His holy spirit (Roohe Mubarak) will naturally be more happier if we add “WA AALIHI” because the Ahlulabait have saved Islam in its true form.

S.A.U. Patel, Khanpur Deh – 392150

Govt disapprove vagina test

It’s a welcome decision by the govt. for asking doctors of central hospitals to desist from conducting per vagina test as a practice. The govt. has made finger test, which adds more insult and much humiliation to rape victim’s injury, optional. It can now be conducted only when there is no other evidence to confirm rape or sexual assault and that too only with the consent of victims. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad should be congratulated by taking such a bold and genuine step for changing the examination pattern of per vagina test. After all if it is necessary to conduct per vagina test, it should be restricted to conduct the test only by the female doctors. This new pattern should be followed by state govt. and private hospitals as well for less humiliation of rape victims.

Atiq Khan, Mumbra

Gender violence and love by Paul

On 25th November, celebrated the International Day Against Violence Against Women. For this reason a municipality of a people known, has published a few strips in which under the figure of a woman sitting with her back naked, that read: “If I want me ...  do not crime, do not insult me, do not control me, do not ignore me, do not isolate me, do not threaten me, do not hit me ... love me.” The media reported on stars posted on the Gran via in Madrid, in remembrance of the latest victims, some women appear, showing the red card against abusers. Messages are thrown as if only men were violent, but there are some women who are violent too.   The most publicity is made against gender violence, for more stars on the floor or red cards being shown, for more money spent on advertising, there are more victims unfortunately. Writing, 8,458 complaints of domestic violence (12.7% Long before, without much paraphernalia, St. Paul told the Corinthians: “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, it is not proud It is not rude, not seek its own: no easily provoked, thinketh no evil, does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. “I have for me, which if you practice the advice of St. Paul, which apply to both sexes, if society there were more religious values, would result in less violence, fewer divorces, fewer children of separated parents, and fewer controversial proposals

Richard Gutiérrez

World Water Day

Recently as we observed ‘international observance of World Water Day’ on 22nd March., we should realize that water crisis is one of the major issues that the world is facing and it is the responsibility, perhaps the duty of each one of us to contribute towards water management. India though seen emerging at various fronts, however, is seen facing the problem of water since many years. Water being one of the most essential necessities of life, becoming an increasing scare resource so, it should be meticulously harnessed and carefully conserved. It should be economically used and safely disposed off after usage. The need of the hour is sustainable water management, especially in the context of meeting the demands of an increasing population. To put it simple, its time to manage our finite water resources for present needs while keeping in mind the future requirement of next generation. Let’s keep in mind these things at this juncture when we observed the 19th Water day as declared by UN.

Mohd Ziyaullah Khan, Nagpur -440013

Japan’s nuclear crisis an eye opener

The nuclear meltdown in Japan has exploded the myth of nuclear energy being the safest energy substitute. It is proved beyond doubt that the risks posed by nuclear plants are far more devastating than the thermal and fossil energy alternatives. Unfortunately, the nuclear accidents which occurred earlier at Chernobyl in the then U.S.S.R and in Three Mile Island in the U.S., had failed to open the eyes of our policymakers, who went gaga over the nuclear deal with the U.S.  While the Japanese authorities have done a commendable job by evacuating over 5 lakh people from a 20 km radius from the Fukushima nuclear plant in a record time after the tsunami struck the coast, such an infallible mechanism in the Indian context is doubtful...especially in a thickly populated city like Chennai where the Kalpakkam nuclear plant is located.

Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa (A.P)


Entire world is in grief and the heart of the remaining mankind goes to the people of Japan who have this huge tragedy due to earthquake and tsunami. No doubt the industrious, competent and brave people of Japan (with also prompt world’s assistance where ever needed) will be able to bring the situation under control and on track regarding relief and rehabilitation measures and necessary actions for future. During this tragedy one more area has invoked the concern of the mankind which is nuclear power plants in Japan. The news of meltdown and other accidents and explosions in some of these power plants have raised the most pertinent point that Japan which is highly seismic (earthquake prone) country should not keep nuclear power plants on its soil. The radiations from any accident may be more dangerous because Japan is densely populated too [Japan has about three and quarter times more people per square kilometre than non-seismic France ,which also has large number of nuclear power plants]. In this matter USA can be of great help. Since the days of nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Japan has consistently remained the closest ally (even protectorate) of USA. Also India has entered into highly publicized civil nuclear treaty with USA. Moreover India has large area and is pathetically short of electric power. Therefore USA should advice / persuades Japan to shift its 54 nuclear power plants to India. Japan need not give these power plants on loan to India. Rather Japan can sell the electricity produced by these 54 nuclear power plants in India to the State (and even Union) Electricity Boards in India. This arrangement will be as good as ‘Foreign Institutional Investment’ by Japan in India.

Hem Raj Jain, Karauli, Rajasthan

The upheaval in the Arab World

It is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back. The tyrants are not born but they upraise from the times immemorial. It is an historical fact that the dictators had come into existence, remained in power for less or more periods and vanished for ever. As per reports, out of almost 48 Muslim countries in the world, save Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia, no Muslim country is in a position to claim itself for stable political condition. There are Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrein, and UAE in the Western Asia, which is among the western powers; especially the part played by America is no less important. At the end of the First World War the victorious Britain and France seated in power such rulers in the Muslim countries – Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and other Countries, that can act and obey these two victorious powerful states, as they desire. The purpose was to maintain their authority, on the excessive oil wealth of the Arab Nations. But such a strategy or stratagem could not last longer and we see for the last one or two decades on account of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan, there prevailed profound hostile-feeling in the Muslim world especially of the Middle East, against the West and America. No military of the world can withstand the curse of the people. Sometimes in December 2010, in an Arab nation Tunisia, a fruit seller Mohammed Bauzizi, youth burnt himself spraying petrol on his body, as fed up with poverty and harassment from the police. Within hours its flames spread far and wide in the whole of Tunisia. The people blew the bugle of mutiny against Zain-ul-Abedeen the dictator ruler of Tunisia. The ruler became merciless and started inflicting tyrannies over his own subject and became a cruel ruler. But the military intervened. The dictator fled away. At last after great suffering the people became victorious.  Y.R. Pathan, Kathor


There is no gainsaying that the West is trying to fish in the troubled waters of Libya to gain hold of its rich oil reserves. The revolution for a change in the leadership should evolve from within the people of Libya albeit there will be huge loss of life in the process. Any meddling into the crisis by the ‘powers that be’ would not only be counter productive but that will push the already wretched nation into a calamitous abyss.  

Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa, AP


The situation appears very grim for the citizens of the ‘rebel’–held Benghazi. The pack of hyenas appear to descend on another Arab/Muslim oil country to continue their serial crimes against people, who do not see eye to eye with them and are not prepared to accept their dictates. While Obama/Cameron/Sarkozy had done their best to instigate people’s revolution in Tunisia and Egypt without violence and bloodshed seeping in. The strong Western media blitz against any bloody reprisal by Ben Ali and Mubarak, could not however, be repeated in Qaddafi’s Libya. They have misjudged Qaddafi, the composition of his support in his country, his resolve to take on the West, fully realizing the real nature of their objectives of regime change in the Arab World. Qaddafi has correctly judged that people and rulers of US/EU/Israel were so war-weary to make a major war risk by invading Libya. The swiftness, with which Qaddafi moved against the rebels and took back control of major centres across from Tripoli to the very gates of Benghazi, caught the Western warmongers by surprise. Obama and his defence secretary Robert Gates openly and publicly declared their unwillingness to once again get involved in any misadventure that will reaffirm image of America, as a permanent enemy of Arab/Muslim world. They, however, under pressure from Jewish lobby that is after Qaddafi’s blood for a long time were willing to permit the two Jewish leaders of UK and France, to try their luck.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


Not all foreign interventions are bad. NATO’s intervention in Kosovo and India’s intervention in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) are examples of good policies cleanly carried out. If the Allies had intervened earlier against Hitler, millions of Jewish lives could have been saved. NATO’s intervention in Libya has the potential of becoming another example of a good intervention. To leave the people of Libya to the prospect of a terrible reprisal at the hands of a ruthless autocrat such as Gaddafi was not a good option. We must get our priorities right. Our first priority must be to set the people of Libya free from Gaddafi’s murderous regime. Our second priority must be that NATO powers leave immediately after the first priority is achieved.

Ghulam Mohiyuddin, New York USA (via email)


Western military adventurism in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, is actually a shameful crudeness and vulgarism and their mission creep against Libya is nothing but showcasing their atrocious might and hegemony on the globe. They are just in their actions for they have the might and other countries simply don’t oppose for their own interests from America.. From Obama to Sarkozy all are after their political interests and hardly concerned about the already fate bitten Libyan civilians, are after their black gold resources(oil), are in an endeavour to shape another US colony by heavy militarization, resource capture, planning to form a puppet pro- American government which could serve their interests for all times ahead . We must laud India, Russia and China for not participating in such a vicious, politically coloured, brutal, unjust, offensive and inhuman action. Western pseudo-democratic tyrants must realize that they are consciously shaping a volatile geography of anger and terror across South Asia, Middle East and Africa whose repercussions they may face ahead.

Syed Adfar Rashid Shah,


Still it is too early to judge whether military intervention by the West in Libya is a serious mistake or a blessing for the peoples of Libya. In the final analysis it depends on the intentions of the intervening powers. It is an undeniable fact that the United States, Britain and France are hated in the region for very good reasons and hence more antagonism towards the Western powers by most of the common folk in the region. In a civil war, naturally Libyans themselves are divided. Using his power and money Gaddafi has got considerable support among his people. Are the victims in Arab lands allowed to judge the intentions of the world dominating powers? For instance in Egypt itself, public opinion polls have shown about 90 per cent of the population thinks the US is the worst threat they face. USA must be seriously planning its strategy to reposition its lost powers across North Africa and other countries in the Middle East. The US has yet to figure out how to control the new democratic aspirations of rebels. But controlling, covertly or overtly is a prerequisite of American policy. It involves shifting western alliances from authoritarian regimes to Western tip-toeing democracy simply because it is impossible for the west to support its favourite dictators. Let us wait and see whether the new imperial game plan is going to be repeated or not

Kodimirpal (via email)


According to international sources, the number of civilian casualties caused in Iraq by the US invasion is 864,531 and in Afghanistan 8,813. What right the countries that caused casualties of around 1 million people have to attack Libya to safeguard the lives of “civilians” there? The US has again shown that its only intention is to threaten Muslim World that it would not tolerate any opposition to its hegemonic designs. It has also again proved that the primary aims of the US remain an uninterrupted supply of oil and the protection of Israel. Whatever the “crimes” of Ghaddafi, the US and its allies have no business to use every single opportunity to pound Muslim countries. They must rest assured that their crimes against Muslim World will ultimately boomerang on themselves – in one way or the other. The UN must also discuss what punishment should be given to the US and its allies for murdering nearly a million lives in Iraq.

Javed Jamil


Can anticipate the disastrous consequences of this Western intervention in Libya. However, it was inevitable, and even Gaddafi is on record to have regretted the absence of Western help to quell the so-called Al-Qaida terrorists of his make. I do respect the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators, who after initial intransigence, relinquished their posts to pave the way for the other generation to decide the future of their respective countries .At this stage those who are opposing the Western intervention are answerless as what they would have done to save the revolutionaries and other civilians from being massacred at the hands of this tyrant. On the other hand, Saudis have sent their forces to help the Bahrain ruler quell the revolt and regrettably, the sectarian Shia-Sunni label is being attached to the entire uprising, the way it was manipulated when after the Iranian revolution a danger had been created to the survival of these Muslim kings and sheikhs. And now I can visualize that in the coming days, the Maulvis will be funded across the world to provide sectarian colour to the simmering discontent of revolution in Bahrain, Saudi Arab etc.

Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, Lucknow

Whither Pakistan?

Has the moment not yet arrived for all sincere Hanafi, Shaafi, Hanbali, Maaliki and Jafari Ulama to sit together and search why their country is telling the world that their Islam teaches indiscriminate killing of men, women and children not only on roads and cross-roads but also in offices, schools, markets and bazars as well as in Masjid, Madrasas, Dargahs, Imambaras and even during funeral processions? Is Pakistan turning into blood-spitting Qabristan? 

S. Akhtar, Khanpur Deh - 392150