Romesh Bhandari in Covert diplomacy, overt results (January 5) has suggested cooperation and not confrontation as one of the measures to deal with the situation emerging in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks. But it would be pertinent to note that it takes two to tango and cooperation can’t be one-sided. Also, our neighbour must come clean on aiding and abetting terrorism against India as its state policy in the face of clinching evidence. Failing all this, it should be declared a terrorist state and be banished from all international fora.
S.K. GUPTA, via email
Cooperation with Pakistan is the right answer, and though India needs to build diplomatic pressure, it should also set out a time-bound action plan. After the terrorist attacks on Parliament and the Indian embassy in Kabul, similar pressure was mounted on Pakistan but it ended in a fiasco. On the other hand, Pakistan dealt another grave blow to India with the Mumbai carnage. If it is not tackled properly now, there is every likelihood that this will only embolden terrorist elements in Pakistan to target other countries too.
SURENDRA DEO, Delhi
Have no truck with them
With reference to the report Across India, trucks go off the roads (January 6), truck owners often resort to strikes to compel the government to accede to their demands which are often difficult to deal with. Prices of essential commodities are already escalating, benefiting the middlemen who make huge profits every time the truckers resort to strikes. The government should go ahead and cancel their permits and impose the Essential Commodities Act. Or else, they will continue to hold the public to ransom, even as they are already groaning under the weight of inflation.
H.N. RAMAKRISHNA, Bangalore
Get the real picture here
Apropos of Preeti Singh’s article Certified mayhem ( January 6), since Aamir is a socially conscious person who has been agitating in Gujarat and has also produced a film which sensitively dealt with children, it was his duty to see the extent of violence in the film, and to foresee the harm it might do to children if given a U/A rating. Sadly, though social consciousness has its own place in life, money rules. As for the CBFC, the less said the better about their sincerity, honesty and integrity.
P. V. VAIDYANATHAN, Mumbai
I’m Completely surprised by Preeti Singh’s viewpoint. Films are meant for the entire family, including kids. Every hour television channels dish out stuff which is as intense as shown in Ghajini, which is readily accepted by people of all age brackets. Besides people who take their kids to view the movie along with them are well aware of the content in it, and should be allowed to decide what’s suitable. Take a chill pill!
Shubhomoy Sikdar, Delhi