Outsmarting the smart guy
The imaginary conversation between WikiLeaks head Julian Assange and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, which Manas Chakravarty presents in his article It's in the bag (Loose Canon, September 11) is rib-tickling. It goes to Mayawati's credit how with her comment on sending Assange to a mental asylum she outsmarted a man who is giving sleepless nights to some of the most powerful politicians and bureaucrats of the world.
-Ram Lal, via email
In his column, It's in the bag (Loose Canon, September 11), Manas Chakravarty had no intention of denigrating Mayawati or hurting any sentiments. We apologise if his satirical piece has upset some readers. This wasn't the intention of either Chakravarty or Hindustan Times.
Don't outsource our battles
With reference to the article 9/11: The India story (Chanakya, September 11), why does New Delhi rely on Washington to put pressure on Islamabad to take action against terror outfits? Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is India's problem and we should deal with it on our own. Instead of just condemning Pakistan after every terror attack, the government should take concrete measures to nab the perpetrators and prevent future attacks.
-Rakesh Sherawat, via email
After every terror strike, the media and politicians laud the spirit of Indians and ask people to maintain calm. They should realise that it's not the spirit but helplessness that forces people to move on. Terrorists could not strike the US after 9/11 because the American government lived up to its promise of providing better security to its people. But the same can't be said about post-26/11 India. Rather than blaming a 'troubled neighbourhood', New Delhi should pull its socks up and tackle terrorism.
-Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon
Nobody likes a sore loser
Karan Thapar's article Their Anna's worth (Sunday Sentiments, September 11) rightly states that the UPA 2 is vindictive and resorting to unethical ways to humiliate Anna Hazare and Co. Hazare has exposed the government's hypocrisy on tackling corruption and its disregard for people. Politicians should remember that they are elected to power to work for the welfare of people, not to use their positions to amass wealth.
-Jitendra Kothari, via email
Hazare has, as Thapar correctly puts it, "battered" and "defeated" the UPA. But instead of humbly and gracefully accepting its shortcomings, the government is busy thinking of ways to settle scores with Hazare. Does the prime minister not realise that this strategy is doing more harm than good to his government's reputation?
-Shafaque Alam, Delhi
Two steps back on terror
Ajai Sahni in A decade of an expanding terror footprint (9/11: A Decade Later, September 11) rightly warns the world against the rise of Islamic terrorism in the coming years. America made important gains in its fight against terror when it invaded Afghanistan soon after 9/11. But it didn't manage to build on the gains. Now, when it's in the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban is all set to make a comeback. This is a major cause of worry for the entire world.
-M Ratan, Delhi
I congratulate the US for protecting itself against terror attacks after 9/11 and bringing the perpetrators to justice. It should now try to change the outlook of its people towards Muslims. Bomb blasts in Pakistan and Afghanistan prove that the Muslim community is also a victim of terrorism.
-Syed Khaja, Delhi
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