A common enemy
With reference to Amit Baruah’s article The wild, wild North-West (Line of Sight, September 17), Pakistan is getting a taste of its own medicine. What it does to India, the same is being done to it by the jehadis. Pakistan is not able to stop the insurgency in Afghanistan and is incapable of controlling terrorism internally. If terrorist acts continue in Pakistan, it definitely is a matter of great concern for us. Ultimately, It seems that after Pervez Musharraf's departure from Pakistani politics, both India and Pakistan are set to face some tough times in an escalated war against terror.
Tarun Madan, Delhi
BJP kickstarts campaign 2009
Barkha Dutt in The next wave (Third Eye, September 13) rightly says that the BJP must concern itself more with pressing problems like inflation, terrorism, governance etc to take on the UPA government. Because the nuclear agreement with the US is a 'done deal', the BJP must now find a new centrepiece for its campaign 2009. Yet, if this deal eventually turns out to be ambiguous, surreptitious or controversial, or seems likely to emasculate India in any way, the BJP and other parties could very well go back to ringing alarm bells to caution the UPA against compromising our nuclear sovereignty.
Jl ganjoo, Delhi
Barkha Dutt has aptly highlighted the issues that the BJP should have dealt with in its National Executive meet at Bangalore. However, being a part of the Indian elite, she talks more from the perspective the rich rather than from the viewpoint of the vast majority of poor Indians. The BJP should, perhaps, have chosen a rural venue for its meet for deliberating on issues concerning the common man rather than their new comfort zone in Bangalore.
Nitin Pandey, via email
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that the BJP is turning into an anachronism. The party knows the benefits of the nuclear deal but is still hell-bent on opposing it. It has asked relevant, and often uncomfortable, questions regarding the nuclear deal, for which it should be given some credit. We might feel that the US does not treat us with due respect, but the positive impact of signing the Indo-US nuclear deal should not be on winning a popularity contest, but on realpolitik. In that sense, the signing of this deal is a step in the right direction.
Anurag Kanodia, via email
One for the record
The report Off the record (September 13) connecting me with a controversy over the proposed renovation of the Lalit Kala Academy (LKA) building, Delhi, is mischievous and absurd. Why should I object to the installation of a ‘disability’ lift in the building when I know the difficulty I faced when I took my father in his wheelchair to the first floor where exhibits were on display? I had no previous knowledge that the reason for my objection to the installation of a lift was because I was miffed as certain LKA paintings were not given to me for restoration. But LKA paintings can only be restored on the building premises and I am busy in my studio to go off to the Academy for restoring its collection.
Rupika Chawla, Delhi
HT touches a chord
With reference to Paramita Ghosh’s article Grappling with untouchability (September 13), it was a moment of joy to see the picture of Bhagwan Dasji, and Paramita's analysis is a drop in the ocean with respect to him. I have also been associated with him and have learnt a lot about Bharat Ratna Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar. Hindustan Times has been quite generous in mentioning the deplorable plight of depressed classes and Dalits. This gesture is rarely visible in the print as well as electronic media. I salute the entire team of HT for this change of heart.
SC Pathre, via email
Flex muscles to build, not destroy
Apropos of Debashish Mukerji’s article No Mumbaikar is an island (September 17), the Constitution gives people of every religion the right to stay anywhere in India. But creating havoc over trivial matters has become the prime agenda of Sena leaders for getting media attention. Instead of causing a disturbance in the state, they can lend a hand for the uplift of the downtrodden. One can continue to hope that they will one day turn their energies to doing some constructive work. If they consider themselves true Marathas, they should fight against deprivation and help the destitute.
Jai Prakash, Mumbai