With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Walk the line (September 23), the Havana joint agreement on anti-terrorism operations is a sign of India’s maturity. Pakistan and the US are now obviously finding it difficult to control their progeny — the mujahideen and the Taliban. This is not to say that the ISI has suddenly turned over a new leaf. This is why it makes sense for India to ‘keep its friends close and its enemies closer’.
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by attempting to make Pervez Musharraf accountable.
Indian and Pakistani officials have met several times but have mostly agreed to disagree. Pakistan’s attempts at curbing terror have lacked sincerity. A wolf may lose its teeth but not his inclinations. In the circumstances, I do not think any peace talks will be fruitful.
President Musharraf’s recent statements points to the fact that the US uses nations as mere tools. It manipulates deals to serve its own end. Its offer of help in resolving India and Pakistan’s problems is also hollow, suspicious and characterised by self-motives.
The Indian government should take an independent stand and not let its policies be guided by any opinions expressed by the US. The Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally, without any foreign interference.
Pack of lies
Musharraf’s book is a pack of lies. After Kargil and his accusation that India benefited from AQ Khan’s racket, it is to be wondered what fantastic idea he will come up with next. It is unfortunate that we are compelled by circumstances to turn to the same General for his help in preventing Pakistan-based terrorists from creating havoc on our soil.
Gandhi is human too
Apropos of Sagarika Ghose’s article Mahatma of the malls (September 29), the film Lage Raho Munnabhai is a humble attempt to familiarise the youth with the Gandhian ideals of satyagraha and non-violence. The film has also succeeded in this direction. The writer, instead of appreciating this bold attempt, has gone on to question the validity of the very principles for which Mahatma Gandhi fought throughout his life. No man is infallible, much less Gandhi.
In the present materialistic world, we cannot sincerely adopt all of Gandhi’s principles. In
the land of dadagiri and chamchagiri, Munnabhai’s ‘Gandhigiri’ is nothing but a simple message to follow at least the principle of non-violence.
Apropos of the editorial Give them teeth, not fangs (September 28), political interference has become a norm in the Indian police system. If these can be avoided, it will definitely help the police, but the country much more. However, reforms or no reforms, there is no reason why we should not expect quick and timely action from our police force.
S Chidambaresa Iyer
This is with reference to the report Inzy is not guilty, Hair is not selected (September 29). Inzamam-ul-Haq has been banned from four ODIs for bringing the ‘game into disrepute’. But the main culprit who has brought the game into disrepute is umpire Hair. And he has practically gone scot-free. It seems the ICC still harbours delusions of imperial glory.
The nation will be celebrating Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2. But how many of us know that Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary was on September 28? The news channels were busy with a report about a person who took his life when his love was not reciprocated, but there was no mention of the person who sacrificed his life for the country. Is this the right way to treat a freedom fighter?
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