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Derailing the deal

Apropos of the editorial Deal’s now on the skids (February 22), Senator Joseph Biden has rightly pointed out that time is running out in respect of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2008 22:04 IST

Apropos of the editorial Deal’s now on the skids (February 22), Senator Joseph Biden has rightly pointed out that time is running out in respect of the Indo-US nuclear deal. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh needs to show statesmanship and that he is capable of taking decisions independently. He must decide on the basis of technical reports and not due to fear of political threats. There is no doubt that this deal will go a long way in strengthening our relations with the US and also act as a deterrent to any Pakistani misadventure against India.

SK Wasan, Noida

Ballot over bullet

Apropos of the editorial Past the post in Pakistan (February 20), the situation on the ground did not allow Pervez Musharraf to create too much mischief. The Pakistan army’s neutral role is praiseworthy and now that the election is over, all the political parties must work out a strategy to eliminate terrorism and help in the development of the country. Even Musharraf can play a major role as he has already announced that he is ready for reconciliation. Nawaz Sharif should forget the past and work for the betterment of the people.

S Raghavan, via e-mail

II

After decades of military rule in Pakistan, it is difficult to digest that the country is now heading towards democracy. The US, which on the pretext of fighting terrorism has been supporting Musharraf, is in a dilemma over the new developments.

Prem Prakash, via e-mail

III

The elections in Pakistan have concluded without any major mishap and the results have conformed to the predicted lines with the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) scoring electoral successes and gaining the opportunity to form a democratic government. This is a testing time for both the parties who were political enemies. Will they be able to bury old animosities and show the statesmanship to live up to the mandate given by the people? The army must recognise the mood of the people who have spoken their mind emphatically.

Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

IV

The power of the ballot has defeated the power of the bullet. The people of Pakistan heaved a sigh of relief as their verdict was finally heard. Pakistan’s neighbouring countries are watching the political situation there hoping for better development and economy building. People have finally made themselves proud by voting out military rule. Now it is for the PPP and PML(N) to come together and build their country as the world is watching them.

Narayan B Iyer, Mumbai

A buyer’s game

Apropos of Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Reverse sweepstakes (February 22), the success of the Twenty20 World Cup has proved that this new format is quite appealing to everyone. The game of cricket has become more professional than ever. It will be for the first time that the players will not be playing for their country but for the team that has given them the highest price. While players may get attracted to big money, they should not forget the country and the state they represent. It should be seen that the uncalled for gap between the game of cricket and other sports does not get widened.

K Venkataraman, Delhi

II

The auction of top cricketers is a cheap money-making gimmick. If the cash-rich BCCI was getting so much money, then why doesn’t it improve the status of cricket at the Ranji level? With such huge money up for grabs, why would anybody waste their time playing Ranji cricket? Who would play for the country when they can mint huge amounts in league cricket as well as from commercial advertisements? What is left now is pure business where everybody tries to outdo the other on commercial grounds.

Sandeep Ghiya, Mumbai

Only on paper

The recent survey of tigers show that their population is dwindling very fast. This is worrying. But we should rejoice that the number of paper tigers is increasing at an alarming pace. We have two recent paper tigers in the form of Raj Thackeray and Vilasrao Deshmukh. Deshmukh has been repeating that he is going to take strong action against Raj Thackeray. In Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee we have a Royal Bengal paper tiger who could not defend Taslima Nasreen against a handful of religious fanatics and forced her to leave Kolkata.

PC Sinha, Patna

Disturbing precedent

Apropos of the editorial Kosovo conundrum (February 18), the encouragement to Kosovo’s independence by the US and its European allies could lead to the opening of a Pandora’s Box of secessionist movements worldwide. And in view of Russia’s threat to veto the move, this could well be the beginning of a new phase in the cold war. India needs to be cautious of the latest development in the Balkans, as reports suggest the Kashmiri separatists have hailed the independence of Kosovo attributing it to the victory of jehad.

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi