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Neighbour’s envy, our pride

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 01:23 IST

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Apropos of Amit Baruah’s article Cut out the middlemen (Line of Sight, January 21), India has not yet formulated a strategy to counter Pakistan- sponsored terrorist attacks. Pakistan is a failed State that is established on hatred. It wrongly believes that two different religions cannot co-exist. India has successfully demonstrated the triumph of democracy and the merits of a secular society. Our government has failed to anticipate our neighbour’s attempts to destabilise India’s value system. Our strategists should formulate counter-measures to thwart Pakistan’s evil designs.

Onkar Nath Saxena , Noida

The colour of prejudice

Apropos of Chinmaya Gharekhan’s article What a Capitol idea (January 20), Barack Obama was elected because people from all communities and races supported him. In India, the policy of dividing people on the basis on caste, race and creed is adopted

to win votes. Therefore, it is highly doubtful if a Dalit or a Muslim will ever become the Prime Minister. The vested interests of politicians will thwart any such attempts. The reality is that we are secular only in words, not in deeds.

D.R. GULATI, via email

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I am disappointed by Chinmaya Gharekhan’s comment that our democracy will prove itself when a member of the Dalit community will succeed in occupying the office of the Prime Minister. Even Americans have ignored President Obama’s race and colour and voted for his abilities and intellect. So, having an Obama in India depends on how successful we are in providing quality education to our children.

Pranav Kumar, via email

Mind your language

Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s remark on journalists being terrorists is totally unfair and a direct insult to scribes all over the world. When failed politicians like Zardari are unable to hide their weak points, they resort to such baseless remarks in order to divert people from the main issues. The president should realise that it is the duty of journalists to acquaint make people with the truth.

Osmana Rais, via email

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President Asif Ali Zardari’s bizarre statement comparing journalists with terrorists shows his infantile thinking and reflects the state of affairs in Pakistan. It’s shocking to hear such an irresponsible comment from a President. The media have criticised his inept handling of the Mumbai attacks and the pitiable law and order condition in Pakistan. By issuing obnoxious remarks against the media, he is only exposing his intellectual bankruptcy.

Abhishek Nagar, Delhi

What’s in a name?

Lalita Panicker in her write-up Hits and Mrs (January 21) rightly laughs away the controversy about the new Mrs Dutt changing her name. It hardly matters whether a lady wishes to use her husband’s or her father’s name. What actually matters is how she perceives that person and whether she respects him or not. Thus, the entire episode does not actually call for extraneous comments of no consequence by Renuka Chaudhary. After all, it is just a name.

R.L. Pathak, Delhi