Brahma Chellaney’s article It’s not only rocket science (Feb. 6) is a timely analysis of what India needs to do now. China is also developing a laser anti-satellite capability and tried to illuminate a US reconnaissance satellite last year. As Brahma said, if China is able to achieve space control and denial against India, our national security and war-fighting capability will be compromised. If there is a silver lining to this provocative test, it is that the world can finally stop talking about China’s ‘peaceful rise’ and begin to deal with the destabilising aspects of its power.
India is a nuclear power and no country will ever try to attack it. We need to concentrate on other fields like space research and semi-conductor technology as these fields complement the growth of weapons technology. If we are economically strong, we can buy the most advanced weapons from the world market. We should not spend too much on weapons like North Korea and Pakistan who do not have money to feed their own people.
Veil of silence
Apropos of the editorial Tearing the Valley (February 6), in the process of nimble progress, the women of Kashmiri society are left out. The reprehensible acts of the parliamentary forces and government organisations need to be accounted for. The voice of the women of Kashmir should be acknowledged. They are no longer behind the ‘veil of silence’.
A friend in need
After the US realised its blunder in Iraq, it’s now trying to shift the focus to another hostile country: Iran. They have killed thousands in Iraq on the pretext of WMDs, and have increased their presence in the Gulf to nail Iran on
the pretext of n-weapons. It’s time powerful countries like India raised their voices against the US policies.
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