This has reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Back to square one (Beyond the Byte, January 29). It’s unfortunate that Pakistani players have been excluded from the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Whether the move to alienate the players was politically motivated or not is hard to say. But the fact that it has ruffled a few feathers across the border is true. India, so far, has been way too soft in dealing with Pakistan and its reluctance to dismantle terror outfits that operate from its soil. It is time to take a stand, even if it comes at the heavy price of spoiling relations with Pakistan further.