It’s nothing to do with Gandhian principles, it’s opportunism
In his article A star is born (Beyond the Byte, December 14), Rajdeep Sardesai has rightly pointed out that the political drama of fasting played out by K. Chandrasekhar Rao wasn’t one based on Gandhian principles but one driven by political aspirations. This is a clear case of a struggling politician using political means to salvage his sinking career. By bowing to the demands for a separate state of Telangana, the Centre has failed to contain the atrocities of people who play cheap politics for gaining political favours. This incident may serve as a precedent for other whimsical agitators bent on dividing the secular fabric of India on linguistic and regional lines.
Sachin Kumar, Begusarai
Kashmir needs trade and peace
This refers to the report Shopian women not murdered, says CBI (December 15). The Kashmir strike is not being organised by common Kashmiris but by the separatist elements in the Valley. Shopian is simply being used as a ploy by these elements to regain their presence after the setback on the Amarnath issue last year, and for gaining political might in the state eventually. The Kashmiri youth today needs employment. Kashmiris need peace in the state for tourism and business to flourish.
Aditya Raj Kaul, Delhi
Equality for climate change
This refers to Sitaram Yechury’s article, Something rotten (Left Hand Drive, December 16). The world needs a just and genuine treaty to reduce carbon emissions. Therefore, all countries should be legally bound to curb their emissions at rates that are in tandem with their economic status and present emission rates. If the impasse between the developed and developing countries is to end, then the developed nations must set an example by curbing their emissions and helping the developing world by providing them with necessary technology and help cope with the huge financial burden.
Mayank Mathur, Pilani