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Feedback on Kashmir, Korea and Japan's missing elderly

Our readers and Asia Compact listeners are passionate about sending in their views. Here’s just a selection:

The situation has been tense in Indian-administered Kashmir

The situation has been tense in Indian-administered Kashmir

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers and Asia Compact listeners. Not all comments have been published. Deutsche Welle reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.


Kashmiris have always been liberal. Perhaps it is conflict, which has made them become fundamentalists. Religion has been broadly used in the Kashmir conflict by both Muslims and Hindus. Once there is a mutual settlement the intensity of religious extremism in the subcontinent will recede. Kashmir is one of the most important issues for world peace. - Aatish , India

Interesting story about Kashmir. I loved reading it. How about doing an another one on how business is doing in the valley? What is the cost factor and what’s been lost in this violence? - Shantanu Guha Ray, India


A denuclearized peninsula is conducive to peace and stability in northeast Asia. We can imagine that if a second Korean war broke out, both Koreas would be "destroyed". China would be affected and Asia, even the whole world, would be worried. - Chun-Quan Meng , China


Unless partition happens, terrorism and extremism are unlikely to disappear from the region because foreigners, such as the Pakistanis, and the Pashtoon nationalists will use religion as a tool to promote their own cause and supremacy respectively. As a citizen of Afghanistan, I have long been of the opinion that without a permanent partition or an internationally-backed federal system at least, stability will not come to this strategically important region and the entire country is likely to suffer as a result. - Mann Naseh, Afghanistan

Mumbai novel "No God in Sight"

Is it ever about religion? Or is it about us humans acting toward one another as Cain did toward his brother Abel? We do so much harm to each other in the name of Allah, Jesus or Adonai. It is really sick when we use religion as the means of projecting our personal hatred towards others. - Darrell Brown , US

Thank you for an informative article. A friend sent me Altaf’s novel "No God in Sight" and a link to his blog and I find his ideas and perspective quite interesting. He opens a window onto a world that few Americans know about. I look forward to reading more from him. - Bill Harmon , US

Road accidents in India

To prevent this situation, every driver and operator should be taught about the seriousness and consequences of drink driving. Classroom training is necessary to explain the effect of liquor on the body as well as on the mind during driving and how it causes accidents. - Balagam Ranga Rao, India

Unless you’ve been to India and witnessed the standard of driving, it’s totally unbelievable. You can drive along a road and suddenly without warning someone in a car or a two-wheeler will shoot out from the side in front of you without even looking. The mindset seems to be the bigger the vehicle, the more right the driver has to be on the road. The big obstacle against re-educating Indian drivers is the corruption of the police, a 100-rupee note usually deals with any infringement of traffic rules. - Norbert Cockerham , UK

Food safety in China

For safety of food, China should follow strict quality control, pre-check raw materials, have reliable certifying organisations, awaken public to identify unsafe foods. - M. Sukumar, India

Japan's missing elderly

In Japan, family registration has been in effect since the Samurai era. Today, 99.9 percent of the Japanese are registered by the local government. But I never thought this system included such a trap. A funeral is very expensive – it costs more than 10,000 euros in Japan. If I were poor or stingy, it might be better to continue receiving a pension for a dead parent than make his death public. But I would never do that! - Snowman , Japan

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