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Leave religion out of the deal

Apropos of the editorial Deal from the top of the deck (June 25), the secular Left seems to be seeking to impart a communal angle to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2008 22:25 IST

Apropos of the editorial Deal from the top of the deck (June 25), the secular Left seems to be seeking to impart a communal angle to the Indo-US nuclear deal. As and when India starts generating nuclear energy after the deal is put into operation, most of it will be used by the big industries. Where does religion come in? It is disastrous to view international treaties through the prism of religion.

N Nagarajan, via email

A man with a mission

The editorial From badlands to gladlands in Bihar (June 24) made my eyes misty. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is doing something unimaginable. A state plundered for a decade-and-a-half, lost in caste-wars and ruled by lawlessness of the lawmakers was destined for ruination. Nitish Kumar has shown that rule of law makes democracy the best governing method for any country. Best wishes to him.

D Bhattacharya, Faridabad

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The efforts of Nitish Kumar in reconstructing Bihar are laudable. He should be given some more time to bring the state at a par with the developed states but he is on the right track. Lalu Prasad was a good administrator, but his dependence on his relatives and cronies proved fatal for the state.

Surendra Deo, Delhi

Feeling the Dragon’s fiery breath

China’s incursions into Sikkim have ominous portents for India and are signs of more belligerent postures from our neighbour once the Beijing Olympics are over. There has been significant growth in India and our markets are healthy. But that is no reason to let indolence set in. While political parties are concerned with their narrow interests, defence preparedness suffers from shortage of officers and adequate ground, sea and air capabilities. Can the government assure the nation that it is alive to the impending threats and not banking simply on the Dragon’s mercy as far as our relations are concerned?

Onkar Nath Saxena, Noida

On slippery ground with OPEC

With reference to N Chandra Mohan’s article Opec’s got us over a barrel, let’s play our cartel right (June 24), the rise in oil prices is causing inflation not only in India but all over the world. Though part of the problem is the increasing demand for oil in developing economies and speculation in the oil markets, the cartel formed by OPEC is the real reason behind the unprecedented price rise. OPEC has enormous potential which it is using to armtwist the oil markets. The only way that different oil importing countries can counter the powers of OPEC is to form a group of oil-consuming-importing countries (OCIC). This way they can create a lobby to put pressure on OPEC countries to help evolve an oil price band.

Ritesh Jain, Delhi