Apropos of the editorial Out to launch (April 29), by putting ten satellites into orbit, G Madhavan Nair and his team at Isro have put the organisation into the league of world leaders in space technology. Satellite launch by our reliable PSLV-C9 system at competitive rates will further open the floodgates for commercial launches which could prove a big money-spinner for India in the coming years. After the Chandrayaan mission to the moon, we must prepare for Mars and even beyond to harness space for the benefit of mankind.
Punish the guilty
With reference to Pankaj Vohra’s article No two ways, MEA culpa (April 28), both the MEA mandarins and the officials of the President’s secretariat are responsible for the fiasco that President Pratibha Patil’s recent visit to Brazil and Mexico resulted in and must be held accountable. These were important visits for cementing economic and political ties between India and these countries. Such lapses are detrimental to furthering our diplomatic ties.
Pankaj Vohra has hit the nail on the head in suggesting that the incidents during Pratibha Patil’s visit to Brazil and Mexico stemmed from a lack of coordination between her secretariat and the MEA. Instead of taking this lightly, responsibility should be fixed on the bureaucrats concerned. In fact, these incidents are an affront to the people of India, as the President is the first citizen of the country.
Azhar A Khan
The assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a parade in Kabul has proved that the Taliban insurgency is again growing in Afghanistan. The United States should wake up to this danger in the region and call for a massive manhunt against the insurgents.
P Saravana Durai