Self-help is the best help
Kudos to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan army for having accomplished what they have been struggling to do for decades. By capturing Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka has shown that a country cannot rely on international assistance to solve its internal problems. It has proved that to find solutions for problems that hamper progress and question a nation’s integrity, one has to fight on one’s own. Taking external help from others and expecting them to mediate on issues only delays matters.
Ramachandran Mahesh, via email
Secularism is the key word
Apropos of the article Eastward Ho! (January 2) by Lalita Panicker, it is in the interest of Bangladesh to adopt a constitution based on secular democracy. The government should not favour or discriminate against anybody on the basis of his/her religion. It should work for everyone’s welfare. The Bangladesh government must learn from its neighbours and reform its policies. India, hopefully, will also assist its neighbour in building a people-friendly regime.
SD Sahay, Delhi
No appeasement, please
Brahma Chellaney in Words are all we have (December 31) has subtly conveyed that Indian politicians, by not taking stern action against terrorism, are making their weaknesses public. The politicians seem to be appeasing Muslims which will ensure a vote-bank for them in the general elections later this year. In reality, it is nothing but an insult to Indian Muslims. A government that discriminates against its own people on the basis of religion is bound to fail.
Manohar Bhatia, via email
Braving all odds
Apropos of the article A new way has dawned by Prem Shankar Jha (January 1), the people of J&K have shown the world that they are not deterred by threats from separatist forces. I completely agree with the Prime Minister’s views in this regard that it is not important which political party wins, but the fact that people still have faith in democracy is what matters the most. Jha has rightly pointed out that a big responsibility has now fallen on Omar Abdullah’s shoulders. It is important for him to handle not just the Kashmir issue but also domestic problems that concern the common man.
Robi Shom, via email
With reference to the article Keep the volume down (January 2), I disagree with S. Akbar Zaidi’s views on the Indian media’s hawkish attitude. Pakistan is doing its best to divert world attention from the issue of terrorism by creating a war hysteria and talking about other issues that hold no importance. Zaidi has refuted India’s allegations on Pakistan’s role in the Mumbai attacks and seemed to ridicule the Indian media’s extensive coverage of what happened in Mumbai on 26/11. The truth is that media performed their duty efficiently and exposed Pakistan to the world. They should continue the good work.
Shailesh K Mishra, via email
The Indian media have rightly exposed Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks. However, the media in Pakistan, driven by jingoism, seem to have twisted reality to suit their needs. To correct the author, a handful of Pakistani investigative journalists cannot falsify what has been proved by India on the basis of evidence. Also, it is impossible for the media in a democracy to accuse someone without concrete proof.
Ashwani Sharma, via email