Come on brother, let bygones be bygones
The report Anil appeals to Mukeshbhai (October 12) goes in the favour of Anil Ambani who should be praised for taking the lead to settle the family dispute. His brother, Mukesh Ambani, should also act in a mature manner and understand that, being the top two businessmen of the nation, their personal problems affect the country’s economy. Reconciliation between the two can take Indian business to newer heights.
N.V.S.N. Murthy, Gandhinagar
Divided and ready to be ruled
The editorial Satraps vs senapatis (Our Take, October 13) shows how coalition politics is affecting Maharashtra even before the poll results are out. The Congress, hoping to benefit from the obstructionist politics of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), is expecting undeserved gains. The Shiv Sena-BJP combine have already been reduced to a smaller entity, which can immediately start working for the next assembly elections. Supporting the Shiv Sena reject Raj Thackeray could be a good gamble for the Congress. But it ultimately will be the people of Maharashtra who will pay the price.
R. Narayanan, via email
Act now, be bold
The report Pak court lets off 26/11 mastermind (October 13) is hardly surprising given Pakistan’s sloppy attitude towards combating terrorism. The Pakistani government has always tried to divert everyone’s attention from its proceedings on the instigators of 26/11 attacks. The acquittal of the Lashkar chief, Mohammad Hafiz Saeed, from all charges is a sign of worse things to come. Instead of adopting a wait-and-watch strategy, India should take immediate and bold steps against the rogue nation and cut off all its links with Pakistan.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi
Corruption is the game-spoiler
With less than a year left for the Commonwealth Games, there’s still a lot to do (It is time not to debate but to do, October 13). From stadiums to hotels, from roads to flyovers, everything is incomplete and the pace of their construction is very slow. The Sports Ministry should focus on completing the work instead of making up excuses. There is no dearth of labour or funds in India. The real problem is corruption. If we are sincere in our intentions of hosting a world-class event, then it is important for authorities to realise that they are working for the nation and not for themselves.
Pallav Goyal, via email
Once bitten, never again
The editorial Shaken but undeterred (Our Take, October 12) is right in stating that despite the Taliban attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul, India should continue the development work in Afghanistan. Only then will we be able to send out a message to anti-social forces that India is firm in its commitment to foster global growth and won’t let extremism deter us. We have learnt our lesson from the Kandahar episode. The same mistake cannot be repeated.
Lalit Ambardar, Delhi
Fight the longer fight
The Centre’s intention to launch an armed offensive against Maoist insurgents should be condemned, as it will lead to a massive collateral damage. The government’s decision seems to be a move to protect the interests of big business houses that want to exploit the mineral-rich regions, which, unfortunately, are under the Naxal control. It, however, doesn’t undermine the brutality with which insurgents have killed our brave policemen. Naxalism is a threat to India’s peace and should be dealt with severely. But the government should also consider the threat to people’s life that an armed offensive will
bring with it.
Colin Gonsalves, Anand Patwardhan and others, via email