Giving peace the chance it deserves
With reference to the article The dargah diplo-bus (Chanakya, April 15), Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s statements, about putting Kashmir on the backburner and create peace and harmony through trade and cultural exchange, are welcome. India and Pakistan are geographically inseparable and it makes sense to solve the Kashmir problem in a cordial way. There are no victors in a nuclear war and it is best to work towards peace.
BM Singh, via email
Zardari was trying to satisfy his domestic constituents with the remarks he made when he came to India. This would have been the perfect time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to secure an assurance about the release of Sarabjit Singh who is detained in Pakistan.
S Kamat, Goa
Great expectations, little choice
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s article Jobs for the boy (Loose Canon, April 15). India has little to offer when it comes to a clash of perspectives between parents and children regarding a choice of career. The aspirations of the child are often crushed under the enormous expectations of parents. The unfortunate consequence of such tussles is a disappointed youngster, plagued by a sense of inadequacy.
Atul Chandra, Delhi
Chakravarty describes the difficulties encountered in choosing one’s career. The job of a reporter is tough and demanding. One would think that the job of a politician, which does not require any definite educational qualification, is much better. The returns are unlimited and a politician never retires.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar
Not paying back in kind
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article A pilgrim’s progress (Sunday Sentiments, April 15), the writer seems to suggest that peace initiatives between India and Pakistan have failed due to successive Indian governments. On the contrary, our governments, whether it was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA or Manmohan Singh-led UPA, have always strived for peaceful relations with Pakistan. It is Islamabad that has always responded with acts of violence like war and terror attacks.
Ketan R Meher, via email
A city's decline and fall
Indrajit Hazra’s article The golden banana (Red Herring, April 15) is an interesting satire on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Apart from lampooning Mamata for her mishandling of the cartoon affair, the writer has rightly downgraded the status of Kolkata to that of a village. It is a sad decline of a rich culture.
Bikash Chakravarty, via email
Divided we fail
With reference to Shalini Singh’s article Family matters (Focus, April 15), it is heartening to read that more people are opting for living in joint families. Staying together is intrinsic to Indian tradition and promotes harmony. The double-income-no-kids or one-child families are making future generations self-centred. It is not conducive to fostering a happy social life.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Necessary, not evil
With reference to Samar Khurshid’s article Refusing to cell out (360 degree, April 15), every technology has its positive and negative aspects. The internet may have connected the world but its impact is limited to the educated, while mobile telephony has affected all sections of society. It may be an occasional source of disturbance but combines the functions of a calculator, alarm clock, directory, camera, radio and many more. Its utility cannot be stressed enough.
Deepjot Thukral, Ambala
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