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No free lunches

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 03:43 IST
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In his article It is a big deal (December 13), Manoj Joshi is on the right track when he says that the US has done a favour to India by lifting the nuclear embargo. But one cannot understand the BJP’s contention that the UPA government has yielded to US pressure tactics.

To say that the government has compromised on India’s long-term interests is totally misplaced. The BJP should realise that in bilateral agreements on international issues, there has to be some give-and-take.

RL Pathak


The article denies India a standing of its won. The US needs India more than India needs the US. If at all there is a need for getting technical expertise to further nuclear energy generation, we should build a conducive culture and atmosphere in our labs to facilitate this.

Prem Kumar

Minority report

This refers to the report Minorities come first, says PM (December 10). It has become a sin in this country to be part of the majority community. One antidote for backwardness could be to encourage people to have smaller families. If there were more resources to go around, maybe we could solve some of our more pressing problems.

Madhu Agrawal

Dubious dispute

The report Pakistani official says Islamabad has never claimed Kashmir (December 12) suggests that the Kashmir dispute is about the aspirations of Kashmiris and they should be given a chance to decide their future. Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan has no right to interfere.

Mahesh Kumar
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The move is designed to divert attention from Pakistan’s terror machine once again. Let us not be lulled by Pakistan’s false declarations about Kashmir which are made only for public consumption.

This may well be a ploy which fits in with the larger US gameplan.

Rajiv Bhatnagar

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