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Help Afghanistan

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 23:34 IST

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Apropos of PN Khera’s article Walk the line (January 23), it is true that Pakistan has always exploited the Pakhtuns of Afghanistan. It seems Pakistan is not happy with the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and that’s why it is sending more and more terrorists across the border in order to create chaos. It’s the duty of countries like India to support all constructive efforts in order to bring peace and development to the Pakhtun people. That is the only guarantee that the Taliban and al-Qaeda will not be able to gain ground in Afghanistan.

Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh

A novel quality

This refers to Namita Bhandare’s article In Sir Vidia’s shadow (January 23). I think Salman Rushdie’s last good novel was The Moor’s Last Sigh in 1995 and most of his fiction after that was disappointing. Naipaul’s travel writing is brilliant but his last book, Magic Seeds, was outrageous. Though I’m not aware of Rushdie’s outburst, it was Life and Times of Michael K. by J.M. Coetzee and not Schindler’s Ark that beat Shame at the Booker in 1983.

Vaibhav Vats, via e-mail

Beleaguered BJP

Apropos of the editorial Where’s the Opposition? (January 25), not long ago, the BJP was upbeat about its achievements encapsulated in the form of ‘India shining’. It seems the good days are over. The BJP’s decline points to the transition of Indian politics toward regional parties. The absence of a strong Opposition is unhealthy. The BJP’s top guns should soon come up with strategies to regain its status and reputation.

Vinoth Raj, Delhi

Without ideology

Aloke Banerjee in Red alert for the CPI(M) (January 26) is right in saying that the party is maintaining double standards. The leaders have gone astray and are now following a capitalistic policy.

Punshil Kumar, via e-mail

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