Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s Nothing black or white about it (Third eye, January 17), her dilemma over being perceived as a dove or a hawk is shared by many Indians. We anticipated decisive action against Pakistan after 26/11 and expected a change from politicians’ ‘strong statements’. Unfortunately, this time too we have been let down. We should not maintain any ties with that rogue State for it has lost credibility. Terror strikes from Pakistan have been far too many and voices opposing them there have been few.
J.M. Manchanda, via email
I agree with Barkha Dutt’s argument that America, as always, plays a key role in defusing tensions between India and Pakistan. It should put pressure on Pakistan to dismantle terror camps on its soil. However, past experience have shown that the US intervenes in matters like these only to fulfil its vested interests. So, Washington’s intervention should only be encouraged if it genuinely wants to make Pakistan aware of its shortcomings.
Neha Pant, via email
It is not unknown that Pakistan, and not India, is responsible for the war-like situation in the subcontinent. Since 1972, Pakistan has been breaching the Line of Control and infiltrating terrorists in the name of freedom fighters into Kashmir. Unfortunately, all military rulers in Pakistan support and encourage heinous acts against India. Pakistan is also responsible for spreading terror in the Valley, which till date hampers the region’s progress. Now, by accusing India of whipping up war hysteria, it is only trying to cover up its wrongdoings.
MAHTAB AHMAD TIKTHI, via email
It is true that 26/11 demands condemnation of the highest order. But Barkha Dutt has rightly raised the question on the viability of demanding a ban on artists from across the border. Are they really at fault? Barring artists from Pakistan will not end the pro-blem of terrorism. If we remember, a person with Indian nationality was accused in the London tube bombings. But Britain did not ban our artists from performing there. We should not take any decision in haste.
Nandini Sharma, Pennsylvania
Let’s not jump the gun
With reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Different race, same goal (Left hand drive, January 22), though Barack Obama has decided on his policies and priorities on various issues, India still doesn’t seem to be on the top of either his foreign policy or ally list. Matters can get worse if the Obama administration rejects India’s claim on Kashmir or calls off the Indo-US nuclear deal in times to come. Though his message to the perpetrators of terror is stern and clear, only time will tell how successful he will be in mounting pressure on Pakistan.
R.K. Malhotra, Delhi
Lead on, people will follow
With reference to Chinmaya Ghare-khan’s article What a Capitol idea! (January 20), Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party had coined the slogan ‘Lota, tarazu aur talwar, sab ko maro joote hazaar’, just prior to the state elections. Today, she is courting the very classes — Brahmins, Kshatriyas and tradesmen — in order to appease the masses and clear her way to the top position. The same goes for any Muslim leader. If he fights for the rights of all communities and works for everyone’s benefit, he is bound to be loved and revered by all sections of society. However, the challenge for Muslims now is to produce not one but several Obamas.
Shanti Prakash Karir, via email