It’s high time we sealed the deal
With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article 1, 2, 3... here we (don’t) go again (June 21), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should go for the nuclear deal. The CPI(M) should keep aside the acrimony between itself and the UPA government and think of the national interest. This deal will resolve our energy problems. The Prime Minister has got the right opportunity to consolidate his legacy by signing the historic deal. He should go for it.
KK Gautam, Delhi
Barkha Dutt’s article is good but not complete. We must analyse why the Left is opposed to the deal. Is it the fear of all things nuclear or is it just anti-Americanism? Strangely, the Left’s arguments are very vague. Is the CPI(M) overemphasising the importance of the deal or does it want to show its pathological hatred for America?
Barin Ghose, via email
I think the time has come for the Prime Minister to take the final decision on the Indo-US nuclear deal. For the last two years, the CPI(M) is acting as a thorn in the side of the UPA government. And every time the UPA government goes for the push, it is interrupted by the Marxist patriarchs. This is nothing short of blackmail. This deal will act as a panacea for India’s energy crisis and will fuel our growth in the future.
Kulbhushan Sharma, Delhi
It would have been better if Barkha Dutt had made Prakash Karat the protagonist and not Manmohan Singh. Instead of persuading the Prime Minister to listen to his inner voice and to resign if the deal is dead, Dutt should have persuaded Karat to see the merits of the deal. If the Leftists agree, there is no need for the Prime Minister to resign.
Zafar Abbas, Delhi
The drama being played out over the nuclear deal is a farce with the communists just looking for a face-saving exit following their supposedly strong national concerns voiced over the last 18 months. It is a pity that the government did not have the guts to call Prakash Karat’s bluff and instead allowed a major national issue with far-reaching implications to be toyed with. Hopefully in the next elections, the voters will not re-elect the self-serving communists to a position of power.
SB Chadha, via email
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should not succumb to political pressure from the Left. Though his government is going through a bad time and their four years of good work is in danger of being washed away due to high inflation, the Congress has got a golden opportunity to book a place in the history of Indian politics by signing the nuclear deal. The Congress should just go for this deal.
Vikas Yadav, Faridabad
Bring back the spirit of Kashmiriyat
Apropos of the editorial Clear and present danger in the Valley (June 27), Kashmir has been rocked by protests for one week against the allotment of forestland by the government to the Amarnath Shrine Board. Ironically some mainstream political parties leading the ugly and violent protests in a state swear by the spirit of Kashmiriyat — the spirit that binds both the Hindus and Muslims of the Valley. What sort of Kashmiriyat is this where the minority community in Kashmir is invariably at the receiving end and has repeatedly suffered at the hands of the communalists and secessionists? At this hour, the government should stand firm in its commitment to secularism.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
A last salute to Sam Manekshaw
India’s iconic soldier Sam Manekshaw is no more. India has lost one of its greatest sons. His death is not only a loss for India, but also for Bangladesh. Bangladesh should remember that under this great warrior, the Indian armed forces liberated their country from Pakistan and created new nation. We must salute this brave soldier from the bottom of our heart.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad