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Double standards

india Updated: Jan 06, 2009 00:17 IST
Double standards

Israel’s attack on Gaza has claimed hundreds of lives and the massacre isn’t over yet. Even if we forget how Israel has openly challenged the Geneva Convention, isn’t the destruction enough to force the so-called ‘superpowers’ to intervene and end the crisis? But that won’t happen while the US supports Israel. The US is trying to strengthen its own hold on the region through Israel. It is not Israel alone that is to be blamed, but other major forces that are encouraging war by maintaining a silence.

Safiya Sameena, Vijaywada


It is astonishing to see that while on the one hand we require the US’ assistance in dealing with our problems, small nations like Israel and Sri Lanka solve their problems independently. The time that our country wastes in talking can be effectively used in destroying all terror camps operating on Pakistan’s soil. Terrorist outfits like the LeT or JeM are no different than the Hamas or LTTE. The only way to stop them from spreading more terror is to destroy them at the earliest.

HANSRAJ BHAT, via email

The ripple effect

The Sri Lankan government has made its intentions of decimating the LTTE clear by taking control of the strategically important town of Kilinochchi. It is now certain that this attack will either eliminate the LTTE altogether or leave no scope for its return. What this move does ensure is that it will give a tough time to the DMK and, in turn, the UPA. If the DMK wants to achieve the dual objective of staying in the Centre and enjoy the support of Sri Lankan Tamils, it will have to rework its policies in the light of new development.

Karan Thakur, Delhi

Surprisingly silent

Prem Shankar Jha’s views in A new way has dawned (January 1) appear to undermine the success of the democratic process by throwing up frivolous motives to suit those who have vested interests in the Valley’s politics. It is an insult to the people of Jammu who protested against the anti-India campaign led by the separatists over Amarnath land row. Ethnic cleansing of Pandits in the Valley and terror attacks in the past two decades have never evoked any retaliation in Jammu but Jha is surprisingly silent about this.

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi

An uphill task for Omar

The citizens of J&K expect good governance from the NC-Congress coalition. They want it to find solutions for their day-to-day problems, rather than get tangled in the larger Kashmir issue. Omar Abdullah now has to prove his efficiency and live up to the people’s expectations by making Kashmir a better place to live in. He needs to consider the welfare of all communities and strengthen the peace process so that even the displaced Kashmiri Pandits can return to the Valley and live a peaceful life.

K.L. Jaisingh, via email