Apropos of the report We nurtured terrorists for short-term gains: Zardari (July 9), it is for the first time that a Pakistani president has admitted to have nurtured terrorism in the country. It would be foolish to take Zardari’s words without analysing what made him say them. Is it because Zardari really wants to cleanse Pakistan of terrorism, or is the statement the result of international pressure. Or is it another way to dupe the international community? If Zardari really wishes to fight terrorism, he should first win the trust of other countries and seek their support for the same.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad
The closet’s got merits
This is with reference to Sagarika Ghose’s article Inclusiveness, inch by inch (Bloody Mary, July 8). Many years ago, when Section 377 was included in our Constitution, there was a valid reason behind making homosexuality a criminal act. Till July 2, 2009, gays continued to live the way they wanted to, and happily so. But now that the Delhi High Court judgement has given them the licence to come out of the closet, it will make our society morally corrupt.
R.K. Kutty, Bhopal
The business of progress
Mukesh Ambani in Vision of an inclusive growth (July 7) rightly endorses the government’s policies as highlighted in this year’s Budget. Contrary to the impulsive reaction of the Dalal Street investors, Ambani’s analysis delineates his compassion as a businessman from his responsibility as an Indian who wants to move ahead, taking all sections of the society with him. The finance minister’s decisions to work towards developing the rural sector and alleviating poverty prove that the government has set its eyes on long-term goals. But, it would need the support of more industrialists like Ambani to bridge the existing economic divide.
Anupama Tiwari, Indore
Nothing’s left for the Left
Apropos of the report Now, it’s Left vs Left (July 8), the communists should take lessons from their recent defeat in the elections instead of playing the blame game. The drubbing of the Left’s policies is a result of a widespread public resentment, which had been building up for many years. They forced West Bengal into economic backwardness, which resulted in a mass exodus of young intellectuals. Kerala, the other stronghold of the Left parties, tells another disappointing tale. This has pushed the Left parties to the fringes of political circle from where making a comeback is almost impossible.
Jyotsna SAHAI, via email
All talk, no substance
Apropos of the report G groups don’t work, reform the UN: Manmohan (July 8), the problem lies not with the group but in its working. It neither discusses issues of global concern with seriousness, nor makes an attempt to find practical solutions to deal with the problems of terror, climate change, economic recession and food crisis. The representatives of developed countries meet every year in a grand event, only to discuss how they can assist developing nations. Whether this translates into actions or not doesn’t matter to them. Also, developing nations are seldom included in debates or in the policy-making process. It’s important to expand the ambit of the G8 and include rising powers like India, China, Brazil, Mexico and South America.
P. SARAVANA DURAI, Hyderabad
An icon we won’t ever forget
With reference to the report A Beatles bailout for MJ? (July 8), it is true that the world remembers Michael Jackson for both good and bad reasons. But since nobody is perfect, we can overlook his flaws and remember him for revolutionising the music industry. It will only do justice to his personality if people remember Jackson as one of the greatest pop icons. He not only got people addicted to his style of music, but worked towards bringing peace to an otherwise tension-ridden world.
Chetan Kapoor, via email