Let’s deal straight now
The editorial Moving into high gear, but standing still (Our take, September 5), has rightly pointed out that the hysteria over Berman’s letter only confirms that few understand what the civil nuclear deal is really about. It is about energy augmentation and not about making nuclear bombs, based on our clean nuclear record and the existing voluntary moratorium on further testing. At the same time, if India reserves the right to test again in the future, the US has every right to terminate the deal. Anyhow, would someone please tell our politicians to stop hunting for problems that do not exist?
RK Malhotra, Delhi
The Congress satraps had vowed in Parliament that the Indo-US nuclear deal will not encroach upon India’s sovereign right to deal with non-civilian nuclear issues. But recent revelations from the Bush administration have demolished the claims of the UPA government, headed by Manmohan Singh. It has been further revealed that the contents of the documents were well-known to the government, as confirmed by the US ambassador to India, and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. It seems it matters little what shape the deal finally takes, now that the NSG stage is over.
Samir Banerjee, Delhi
Governance down the drain
Neelesh Misra’s report India’s shame (September 5) reveals that the Bihar floods are worse than the effects of Hurricane Katrina in the US three years ago. Manmohan Singh and the Congress do not deserve their mandate anymore with the kind of ineffective governance that they have displayed. What really is the renowned economist doing for the nation, given that there are millions of poor and hungry Indians who are homeless and jobless? Should the UPA government not resign for losing the people’s confidence, and for their self-service above public service?
Shantu Shah, Oregon
Neelesh Misra’s report was outstanding. As a film-maker, I was struck, as I have always been, by the cinematographic touch he brings to news reports. I could actually feel a palpable sense of belonging while reading the first few lines of the report. This is reporting at its most touching.
Patralekha Chatterjee, via email
Painful for all concerned
With reference to the report I must be paying back a karmic event in a previous life (September 5), Sanjeev Nanda has lost his prime years waiting for justice. I can relate to the pain of the victims who lost the sole earning members of their family. But with all the visible evidence, he should have been punished long ago. Waiting for a judgement is like slow poisoning, when you know for sure that you are going to die. But question is when? The ten-year wait for justice has taken its toll on both the victims and the perpetrator, making it more painful for all.
Supreet Kaur, via email