This refers to Pull chain in emergency by Sunita Aron (February 20). The incident narrated in the article does tickle the reader’s funny bone by its dodgy English. The fact that Okhil Chandra Sen was able to highlight the necessity of toilets in the Indian Railways should be enough to place his letter in the Indian Railways’ archives. He deserves honour for championing the cause of an important biological necessity. The letter should be viewed with all seriousness it deserves.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
Pakistan’s really the victim
Barkha Dutt in Guilt and Redemption? (Third eye, February 14), is right in saying that Pakistan has now become the biggest victim of terrorism and is dealing with a monster of its own creation. Who it now calls terrorists are the same people whom Islamabad called freedom fighters, trained to spread terror in India and provided with funds and weapons once upon a time. Pakistan’s politicians and militia justified the violence in the Valley as jihad, worthy of support by all pious Muslims. But now as it is in the same situation, Pakistan will realise its mistake.
PL Bakhshi, Delhi
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that Pakistan does not seem all that firm in its intent to book those accused for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. This is not surprising given that Pakistan is known for its ability to mislead the world. That nation has a record of double-crossing and misusing the funds it gets from the West to combat terror by rather promoting its own development further. This step has been taken just to avoid any direct conflict with India and show other nations that Islamabad is trying its best to assist India. India should not rejoice over this development and instead keep its pressure on Pakistan till some concrete steps are taken by the Zardari administration.
JM Manchanda, Delhi
Pakistan does not appear to be satisfied with the dossier handed over to it by India and requires more concrete proof. This is a tactic to frustrate India. There is no doubt that that all the planning of 26/11 was done in Pakistan. There is also enough evidence to confirm that the perpetrators were Pakistanis. Also, it is futile to expect Pakistan will take any action against those who were directly or indirectly involved in this dastardly act.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi
Unlike Barkha Dutt who feels that Pakistan’s reply was on expected lines, I believe that it was just an eye-wash. Islamabad has succeeded in getting off the hook yet again. It has managed to mask its real intentions and buy a bit of time so that things will fade away from international memory. By bringing in the Taliban angle, Pakistan has managed temporarily to shift world attention from the 26/11 massacre.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Send out an SOS signal
With reference to Amit Baruah’s report Surrender in Swat: The state withers away (February 18), there is no denying that Pakistan is facing a big challenge from the Taliban. The Taliban has announced a 10-day ceasefire only to gain time and re-equip itself with arms and ammunition to fight against Pakistan’s security forces. The hardliners, deeply entrenched in the NWFP and Peshawar, have much bigger aims like that of taking control of Islamabad and the Punjab province of Pakistan.
PP Talwar, via email
Pakistan has accepted that the Taliban, which has so far been patronised by the ISI and Islamabad, has now gone against the nation. Today these extremist forces have captured the Swat valley and the NWFP. Slowly, it will extend its control over all of Pakistan. It is a warning to India. Everyone should condemn these recent developments before it’s too late.
Bimal Prasad Mohapatra, Mayurbhanj
Silence is louder than words
Apropos of the editorial The law can restore the law (Our Take, February 19), though the Godhra incident and ensuing riots were unfortunate, by covering the plight of only one community and ignoring others, are we not trying to be a bit sensational? Why are we silent on the plight of millions of homeless Kashmiri Pandits, the injustice to Afzal Guru even after a court verdict, the illegal immigration of the Bangladeshis or even the controversial Article 370?
Sunil Kadian, via email