Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif may just walk the talk with India
The report We will not allow Kargil, 26/11, terror from Pak soil (May 14) elaborates on Nawaz Sharif’s intention to improve relations with India. This gesture by Pakistan’s next democratically-elected PM is welcome. Sharif has a better track record than any other Pakistani ruler as far as relations with India are concerned. He is a seasoned politician and understands that having tense relations with India may not be good for him politically or good for the country’s economy. No sensible leader will want to have a hostile neighbour since it will hamper development and peace. However, it remains to be seen if Sharif will continue acting wisely.
Abdul Monim, via email
Need for a change in attitude
Parvati Sharma in It’s like imagining a world without time (May 13) aptly defines a patriarchal society where women are considered to be under the canopy of first the father and then the husband. From her childhood a girl should be placed on an equal platform without being asked by her parents to follow her brother or father. It is not one’s physical strength that always wins but one’s mental attitude that infuses an overall spirit of confidence and strength. Anti-rape laws are of little use if our attitudes don’t change.
Geetanjali Sharma, via email
Build towns to save the cities
The editorial Let’s create more space (May 15) rightly suggests that planners must improve the second and third tier towns. But for that we will have to create enough employment opportunities in these towns so that we can stop the exodus of people to the metros. Just building infrastructure will not help. The government should also ensure that opportunities are provided so that employment — both top and low level — is generated and these towns gradually gain importance.
Bal Govind, Noida