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India cannot be at peace without cooperation from Pakistan

india Updated: Oct 09, 2009 14:04 IST

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India cannot be at peace without cooperation from Pakistan

Chetan Bhagat’s views in In defence of the PM (Reality Show, August 25) are impractical. I agree that peace is essential for India’s development. But for that we require cooperation from Pakistan. How can Bhagat expect India to negotiate with Pakistan knowing that that nation is the global hub of terrorism? The principle of ‘good old-fashioned peace’ will work only when both countries share a similar desire to resolve the crisis. Bhagat’s suggestions will only worsen the present, complicated situation.

Shibendu Chatterjee, via email

Fighting over a non-issue

I agree with Rajdeep Sardesai’s views in Misplaced priorities (Beyond the byte, August 21) that Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah is well written and presents an exhaustive account of India and Pakistan at the time of Partition. If the BJP leaders argue that it was Jinnah who insisted on Partition, the question is why did Nehru, Patel and other Congress leaders agree to his demand? There is no need for Singh to justify his analysis to anyone. The BJP will pay dearly for misinterpreting the book.

JS Bali, Dehradun

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The BJP’s stand on the Jinnah controversy has led to an untimely implosion of the party. This has exposed the party’s failing ideology and weak leadership to people. The party members need to act in a more responsible manner. They should make the best use of this adversity and give the nation a strong Opposition.

R Narayanan, Ghaziabad

Conserve water, save lives

The argument made by RK Pachauri in A fluid situation (Green patch, August 26) that water conservation is the need of the hour is valid. It is the responsibility of both the government and people to ensure that water wastage is curtailed and it is evenly distributed to everyone. Only when we save water will we be able to save humanity.

Rashmi Sharma, via email