Peace by piece in Israel
This has reference to the report Israeli rivals battle for power after tight vote (February 12). The surge in the right-wing parties’ popularity in Israel shows a growing security concern and uncertainty among Israelis who seem to be sceptical of peace in the area due to the on-going Israel-Palestine conflict.india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 12:08 IST
This has reference to the report Israeli rivals battle for power after tight vote (February 12). The surge in the right-wing parties’ popularity in Israel shows a growing security concern and uncertainty among Israelis who seem to be sceptical of peace in the area due to the on-going Israel-Palestine conflict. The election of right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu to the top post can mean temporary suspension of the peace talks after the Gaza war. He seems to be capable of taking aggressive policies on various conflicts that Israel is involved with. This can go against him as it is bound to displease other nations.
Madhav A Tandon, Delhi
Still a long way to go
With reference to the editorial Taking the right step forward (Our Take, February 13), it would be foolish to believe that Pakistan has succumbed to India’s diplomatic pressure and accepted its involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The move is a result of the American pressure on Pakistan that has forced it to come up with the new theory failing which the nation could have faced graver consequences. What we can now do is to take maximum advantage of the situation and ensure that matters do not slide with time. It is the perfect opportunity to make Pakistan destroy the terrorist camps on its soil and punish the anti-social elements in that area.
Tarlok Singh, via email
Pakistan has once again tried to act smart by partially accepting its involvement in the Mumbai attacks. According to its admission, the perpetrators were Pakistani nationals who used its soil to execute their ambitious plans. We should not feel exuberant over the admission as it neither helps the victims of the tragedy nor ensures punishment for the State actors. Everybody knows that an attack of this magnitude couldn’t have been executed without the Pakistan administration’s involvement in it. So, until our neighbours hand over the wanted terrorists to India, we shouldn’t feel satisfied with the justice.
OP Tandon, via email
Time to think, time to act
With reference to Kumkum Chadha’s article Perks at a Price (February 13), I feel that after the Mangalore pub incident, it expresses the most balanced opinion on women security. When someone protests against the incident by writing to ministers or joining online groups, s/he shifts the focus from the real problem. However, an article like this carries more weight and calls for serious consideration. It’s also the responsibility of men to help women like Gauri Sharma when they need it the most.
Shriram Bapat, via email
In search of better options
I agree with Pranjal Sharma’s views in Time for a makeover (February 13), that the BJP needs a new, younger team at the helm. However, I disagree with the writer’s choice of coupling Narendra Modi with Arun Jaitely. While the former might be charming and charismatic, his pro-Hindutva attitude and proximity with the RSS makes him a biased leader. Arun Jaitley, on the other hand, is undoubtedly an honest leader working from behind the curtains. His calibre and experience were clearly mirrored in the last Assembly elections. Even then, he doesn’t seem to be the most obvious choice for the top post.
Medhesh Nayyar, via email
With reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Bharat philharmonic (Left hand drive, February 12), I believe that it is important for all of us to condemn the attack on women in a Mangalore pub. However, to use this instance to tarnish the image of some party, as the writer has done, is uncalled-for. Being a Keralite, I have witnessed countless occasions where the youth wing of the writer’s party has indulged in moral policing. Everybody knows that the communists are allergic to anything related with Hindutva. So Yechury’s comments are rather self-contradictory.
D Harikumar, Delhi