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Counter the enemy within

india Updated: May 11, 2009 21:46 IST

This has reference to the editorial Hear the sound effects of the Af-Pak drama (Our Take, May 9 ). The US intervention in the Af-Pak crisis has begun to show its effects with Pakistan’s recent offensive against the Taliban. By force or by its own realisation, the Pakistan army has at least taken the first step towards restoring democracy to its land. But a couple of attacks alone is not enough. The seriousness of the resolve to eliminate the Taliban will only be felt after the Pakistan forces ensure that extremism doesn’t return to haunt the masses in coming times.

Kanika Tiwari, via email


With reference to Prakash Shah’s article Running out of ideas (May 8), our government should maintain a safe distance from the Taliban crisis in Pakistan, no matter how much the US tries to involve us in it. It’s Pakistan’s internal matter and until Pakistan seeks our support, we must not interfere. At the same time, our army must be extra vigilant at the borders to prevent any form of infiltration from the neighbouring country.

PP TALWAR, via email


President Barack Obama is perhaps the first US President to blatantly tell Pakistan that India doesn’t pose any threat to that country. It is actually the self-bred extremism that the Zardari government must counter. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has elaborated in his statement that no composite dialogue between India and Pakistan can happen until Pakistan dismantles the terror infrastructure on its soil. We appreciate the US government’s seemingly pro-Indian attitude that, if translated into action, will assure peace in the Indian subcontinent.

Surendra Kumar, Delhi

Catch them young

The report Parents, you can help prevent ragging (May 10) records an appreciable attempt at curbing ragging in educational institutions. It is true that parents, like teachers and other officials, can contribute immensely in preventing this menace that has claimed many lives. If children are taught from an early age about the ills of ragging, they will never resort to such malpractices on growing up. An undertaking from parents against ragging will also help schools and colleges in dealing with the problem.

M Sampathkumar, Delhi

The planet needs our help

Apropos of the report Thousands flee raging wildfire in California (May 9), the US is paying the price for excessive energy consumption. The Americans are perhaps the biggest contributors to global warming. It is their responsibility to curb energy consumption to prevent natural disasters from occurring at regular intervals.

CK Sharma, Gurgaon

No longer sport for it

Apropos of the report Minister questions IPL’s gaming idea (May 10), it is well-known that the concept of IPL has turned the gentleman’s game into a business model. The predict-and-win game is just the tip of the iceberg. Every aspect of Twenty20 cricket has been designed to glamorise the game and mint money. What’s worse is that even the State is a part of this sham. It is indeed shameful for our nation that the ICC has to intervene and raise objections.

Suraj Yadav, Delhi