Apropos of the editorial From Russia with love and pragmatism (January 27), history has seen the fall of communism with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its succession by Russia with incremental changes in its economic policy. The renewed India-Russia ties are beneficial to Indian interests, particularly in the area of energy security. The political content is manifest in the joint statement by Vladimir Putin and Manmohan Singh. India and Russia can play a positive role in providing stability in our region.
I disagree with Prem Shankar Jha in Washington goes tribal (January 26) that US pressure on Musharraf to crack down on the Taliban can backfire. After 9/11, Musharraf has survived several attempts on his life. As long as the army is with him, he need not worry. The problem is that he is in his 7th year of rule and trying to wangle another term while in uniform. This will create dissonance within the army. The US cannot fight the Afghan war without winning over the Pakistan army chief.
The Pak-sponsored fidayeen attack on the Indian consulate in Islamabad on Republic Day once again indicates that there is no use in carrying on fruitless peace process. The only way to deal with this proxy war is militarily. Our security forces should be given free hand.
Aloke Banerjee in Red alert for the CPI(M) (January 26) is right in saying that once a party loses its ideological moorings, it is doomed. Look at the Mandal impact. It was suicidal for the Congress to oppose its implementation. The CPI(M) is finding it difficult to maintain a monolithic culture. They do not have the freedom of choosing one path for Bengal and different paths in other states.
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