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Anyone for lessons in how to master the art of diplomacy?

With reference to Pramit Pal Chaudhuri's article Diplomacy by dirty deeds (Big Picture, July 19), Pakistan's lack of interest in maintaining decent diplomatic ties with India has been apparent time and again.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2010 00:43 IST

Anyone for lessons in how to master the art of diplomacy?

With reference to Pramit Pal Chaudhuri's article Diplomacy by dirty deeds (Big Picture, July 19), Pakistan's lack of interest in maintaining decent diplomatic ties with India has been apparent time and again. That Pakistani rulers don't care about peace prevailing between the two countries is a fact that was established when Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi equated Home Secretary G.K. Pillai with terrorist Hafiz Saeed. There seems to be no end to Pakistan's boorish ways.

Bal Govind, Noida

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The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan differed on almost everything that was on the table at the recently-concluded diplomatic meet. It was clear that both countries weren't interested in doing anything about the situation in Kashmir and other related political issues but were only going through the motions under pressure from the US.

Amitabh Saxena, Dubai

Bandhs to the ballot box

Ashok Malik in All sound, no fury (July 19), has rightly stated that there is brewing discontent among the public over inflation, the Centre's failure to curb the terrorist menace, and effectively deal with the Naxals. Though the Opposition is trying to cash in on the situation by calling bandhs whether these moves translate into electoral gains remain to be seen. For instance, the Left has already lost its strongholds in West Bengal and Kerala and the BJP is slowly losing its sheen.

S.N. Verma, Lucknow

Not mine but theirs

It is a matter of concern that the tribal districts have been excluded from the so-called economic growth (Don't call them Bimaru states now: Montek, July 19). Widespread mining in these areas have only added to their misery. Besides, the Centre's grants have not been encouraging either. The government should initiate corrective measures to uplift the economic condition of India's tribals.

J.N. Mahanty, Puri