The editorial Going ballistic makes sense (April 14) argues that the test of Agni-III will shield India from external pressures and coercive diplomacy. These nuclear toys will not enhance the prestige of India or Pakistan nor spare them from extra regional pressures. Ordinary citizens seek security from water scarcity, hunger and better educational and health systems. India must redefine its security in human terms. Hopefully, Pakistan will do the same.
Mehtab Ali Shah
Scientists deserve kudos for the successful launch of Agni-III, in light of the threat posed by missiles strategically deployed by China and Pakistan.
Sitaram Yechury in Emperor’s old clothes (April 12) trains his guns on the BJP for engaging in rabid communal polarisation for electoral gains, conveniently ignoring the fact that the entire political class, in its quest for caste-based social justice, is engaged in polarising the society based on caste. Yechury wants us to believe that exploiting religion is communalism, but exploiting caste is not casteism. The hypocrisy is evident.
Apropos of PM focus on courts’ role (April 9), governments have often failed to carry out routine jobs and citizens are forced to seek remedial measures at a higher level of judiciary. But the PM desires our judiciary should not ‘overreach’. In the absence of judicial recourse, what will happen to the common man, given the State functionaries’ executive arrogance and apathy?
What an irony that for the UP elections, there’s no mention of issues of education, health, agriculture or development. Caste-based politics is all that matters.