Apropos of Manoj Joshi’s report Sir Creek model for Siachen? (January 7), it is ironical that Pakistan keeps raking up the strategic Siachen issue, seeking withdrawal of troops from there, because it’s at a disadvantage there. To link Sir Creek with Siachen is impractical, because both are strategically different. As a pre-condition to Indian troops withdrawal from Siachen, the government had laid down that necessary authentication of troops positions on Siachen be done. To arrive at any settlement, Pakistan must agree to the authentication of Indian troop positions there.
This refers to Madhumita Gupta’s Look who’s teaching (January 8), I think children are better off studying by themselves at home rather than going to schools. When I was in school, most teachers made us underline the answers without explaining what was being done. It’s amazing how even in this age, Indian schools don’t use audio and visual media to teach. With such a lax attitude on the part of teachers, we are losing any understanding of our own freedom struggle and rich heritage.
Apropos of the editorial Ugly digressions (January 7), why is there such a hue and cry over the execution of Saddam Hussein here? He was a dictator who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for 35 years. During his autocratic rule, he persecuted thousands of Iraqis who rebelled against him. To mourn his death is an insult to humanity. His execution is the victory for democracy and a lesson to other tyrants.
Syed Adil Mehdi
Contain Ulfa violence
It is dangerous to allow Ulfa to terrorise Hindi-speaking people who are settled in Assam. Ulfa is a terrorist outfit and has links with the ISI. The government must fight the enemies within in order to strengthen the country to fight the enemy from outside the border.
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