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Retain the upper-hand

Apropos of the editorial Determine to deter (May 9), it is true that Agni-III will provide the means of delivery of our existing nuclear arsenal.

india Updated: May 12, 2008 20:27 IST

Retain the upper-hand

Apropos of the editorial Determine to deter (May 9), it is true that Agni-III will provide the means of delivery of our existing nuclear arsenal. But what is the correct range of the missile and what happens to India’s no first-use policy now? It is time that the defence experts trashed their rhetoric that Agni-III can be deployed at the drop of a
Pakistani or Chinese helmet. India should reserve the option of a pre-emptive nuclear strike if the situation so demands.
RK Malhotra
Delhi

Hold on to that drink

This is with reference to the report Law to allow drinking at 21 coming (May 10). Isn’t it bad enough that we are already finding it difficult to deal with underage drinking? By lowering the minimum age to 21, isn’t the government inviting more offenders? This law will only encourage young people to drink. Instead of hitting the pubs, they should do well to concentrate on securing a good future for themselves. The government’s duty is to protect its citizens, not force them to take up such wasteful indulgences.
Mansi Sharma
via e-mail

Valley of despair

The report Pandits return to save their land, not for PM’s promises (May 9) puts to rest speculations that Pandits can be lured back to the Valley only through inducements. The move to divest the Pandits of their holdings is deplorable and would only bolster the moral of the secessionists responsible for ethnic cleansing in the Valley 18 years ago.
Lalit Ambardar
Delhi

Yes-man Arjun

Apropos the report Loyalty measured in narrow terms: Arjun (May 10), the HRD Minister doesn’t realise that there is a difference between loyalty and sycophancy and the latter does not go down well with everyone, especially when it is blatant. His actions to stay in the limelight are a proof of his desperation to stay in power and not of loyalty. It is time he quits the ministry and makes way for a younger and forward-looking politician.
Ranjana Manchanda
via e-mail