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Abuse of power

india Updated: Nov 07, 2007 21:24 IST

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Abuse of power

Apropos of the editorial Peril in Pakistan (November 5), the menace of Islamic terrorism is the product of the Pakistani establishment's efforts to destabilise India. After 9/11, George W Bush succeeded with his carrot-and-stick approach to rope in Musharraf as his comrade-in-arms in the fight against terrorism, as a result of which the latter finds himself in a Catch-22 situation today. This is not good for India for obvious reasons.

Tarlok Singh, via e-mail


All criticism of Musharraf’s declaring an emergency will be meaningless if he is left to get away with the changes he has made under the cover of his illegal act. The dictator must not be allowed to go against the apex court and push the judges around. Pakistan is not Musharraf’s personal property that he should play around with its institutions. This abuse of power cannot be accepted by the masses.

Sandeep Ghiya, Mumbai

Fractured democracy

Apropos of the editorial Federal reservations (November 7), the UPA was born out of political greed of parties glued together to achieve their political dreams and keep the BJP out of power. It is the Congress that has started giving reasons for its failure. Post-Independence, it is actually the non-performance of the Congress that had given rise to regional parties. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have some historical knowledge also. Regional parties are pro-state and that's what democracy is all about.

Rajinder Katoch, via e-mail

A win-win situation

India should, in its own interests, go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal. Apart from providing a solution to India's huge energy problems, India will have access to hi-tech US and European dual systems, making India nearly equal to leading Nato countries. This would bring in huge foreign investment to India, generating substantial employment opportunities and high GDP growth. India can trump both China and Pakistan's anti-India designs, a case of killing two birds with one stone.

Vipul Thakore, London

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