With reference to the editorial Terror turns on Pakistan (Our take, March 31), it’s unfortunate that Pakistan has faced yet another terror attack, yet it continues to be in denial mood. In blaming Afghan nationals, it’s only trying to hoodwink the US, given the shift in the ‘Afpak’ policy outlined by President Barack Obama in a recent speech. Obama had minced no words while announcing that Pakistan should be made more accountable for harbouring terrorists. Pakistan, is only trying to mislead the world by portraying itself as a mere victim of terror attacks.
Surendra Deo, Delhi
Apropos of the report Battlefield Lahore (March 31), we sympathise with those who have lost their lives, but Pakistan is only reaping what it has sown. With two attacks within a month, Pakistanis should realise that it’s their ISI’s, military’s and the political parties’ continuous hate campaign against India — for which it has been mothering terrorist organisations for decades — that has now turned against it. But at this critical hour, India must stand by Pakistan and give it the desired support.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad
The editorial Targeting the real problem (Our Take, March 30), correctly pointed out that the terror networks based along the Pak-Afghan border are now spreading their roots in cities like Islamabad and Lahore. Even the Pakistani military is unwilling or incapable of taking on these groups inside its borders. We need to unite globally and deal with terrorism, as terrorists are the enemy of peace and mankind.
Kanika Tiwari, via email
A wrong picture
Lalita Panicker’s report Dreaming big, living small (March 30) made a factually incorrect statement describing north Kerala as a neglected and backward region. Though she highlighted the plight of Muslim women, generalising about Kozhikode is wrong as, historically, it has always been culturally, economically and socially advanced. Muslims in the state, as all over the world, remain unprogressive because of their religious taboos, and this has no link with the region. We are proud to say that we belong to north Kerala.
Smitha Sehgal, via email
An effective combination
With reference to Pankaj Vohra’s article Fourth Front forward (Between Us, March 30),the emergence of the Fourth Front has brought about an equality in political forces, and has also widened the race for the post of Prime Minister. Support for, or of, this front will prove to be the deciding factor in forming the government at the Centre. Kudos to seasoned politicians like Ram Vilas Paswan, Lalu Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav for having assessed the ground situation quickly and for notching up an effective combination, one that might just spell longer-term stability.
Sukumari Pal, via email
No need for quotas
Arnab Mitra in We, the devil & the deep sea (March 30), has correctly stated that divisive policies have kept Indians alienated on the basis of caste. If India is a democracy, then why do we need a quota system? In fact, all this seems solely targeted at garnering votes.
Ila Singh, Delhi