NAM and its relevance
Apropos of the editorial What’s in a NAM summit? Plenty, if… (September 16). Nominally, the movement has two-thirds of the world’s nations as its members. However, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, its raison d’etre — to maintain equal distance from the Soviet Union and the US — has disappeared. Now, the main issues are the Indo-Pak conflict and the Arab-Israel imbroglio. But no one has any solutions to these issues. So just how relevant is NAM?
Courage or conviction
The Pope has done well to apologise for his remarks on Prophet Mohammed and Islam. But he would have done better to not have made the remarks at all. He should have remembered the Lord’s words asking the one who has not sinned to throw the first stone at the sinner. He must not forget that during the Inquisition, Christians tortured and killed thousands of innocent people.
By making this statement, Pope Benedict XVI has displayed the courage of conviction that not even George W. Bush has shown. Only this kind of courage can bell the cat of terrorism.
Omar Luther King
Not much difference
Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Westside story (September 15) brings out the real picture in Maharashtra, which gets lost in the glitter of its supposed economic success. It is sad to see that the condition of the so-called fast developing states of the country is no better than that of the laggards. After 59 years of Independence, poverty, unemployment, anti-social behaviour, suicide and corruption still define the reality of life in every state. Maharashtra is no exception.
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