Manoj Joshi in Domestic opposition delaying 123 deal (April 18), claims that the Hyde Act is silent on nuclear testing by India. That is wrong. The Act states in Section 106 that the deal ‘shall cease to be effective if the President determines that India has detonated a nuclear-explosive device after the date of the enactment of this title’. Section 110 then defines a nuclear-explosive test.
K Shankar Kumar
Manoj Joshi’s account in Past imperfect (April 18) has a few inaccuracies. Indira Gandhi and her advisors wanted to go to war in April 1971. The Army Chief declined as he wanted time to move the forces to the bases in the East. The establishment decided to go ahead and carry out the offensive with the BSF. It is wrong to suggest that the Indian Army did not envisage the capture of Dhaka. It was given as an objective.
The editorial Fast forward to the future (April 17) is an attempt to dilute Rahul Gandhi’s statements. The Prime Minister’s admission that Rahul is the future of UP and hence should be given a chance, reinforces the bankruptcy of the Congress.
The editorial is an eye-opener for those who are managing Rahul’s roadshows in UP. Rahul started off the election campaign on the right track by talking about development. He seems to have got trapped by his scriptwriters.
The killing of 32 people in a US university is a barbaric act and should be condemned by everybody. The guilty must be punished. The US government should come down heavily on those who are bent upon disrupting normal activities and creating mayhem.