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Take nothing for granted

india Updated: Nov 18, 2008 20:33 IST

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With reference to N Chandra Mohan’s article Now for the big league (Deep Fish, November 17), Democrats are traditionally sensitive to non-proliferation issues and here we are in the negative list of the US, as well as on the issue of intellectual property rights, where we continue to be ambivalent. The bonhomie we enjoyed with the US in the later Bush years may not continue into an Obama administration. A particularly worrying aspect is Barack Obama’s stance on outsourcing of services to India, given the present economic scenario in America. We cannot expect any preferential treatment from Obama, but will have to earn our place through strengthening our economy and innovative US-specific trade initiatives.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad

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I believe India is in a better position than America. We have not suffered as much due to the global financial meltdown as the US. Also, with President-elect Barack Obama not willing to bail out the American auto industry and the subsequent rise of our own auto industry with the emergence of Tata, with the Nano and Jaguar in its kitty, I feel the balance of power is
shifting from the developed to the developing countries. However, the counter-argument is that we are still way behind in terms of green technology, infrastructure and other parameters of development.

Nakul Nayak, via email

As duck would have it

Apropos of Au Souravoir! (The Dialogue, November 17), it is mentioned that Sourav Ganguly and England’s Billy Griffith were the only two cricketers who started their Test careers with a century and ended with a duck. Actually, there were many others that include Australia’s H. Graham, New Zealand’s J.E. Mills, India’s Kripal Singh and England’s J.H. Hampshire and F.C. Hayes.

Gulu Ezekiel, Delhi

Cross-border bouquets

I have been following the story of Nasir Sultan since it was first broken by Hindustan Times. I must appreciate your efforts towards the release of the boy. All the people here send their heartiest congratulations to the HT team for highlighting Nasir’s issue. We also thank the World Human Rights Protection Council for taking up the case of Nasir. Nasir’s parents are grateful to everybody who has supported the release efforts for their child.

RAFIQ KHAN, Islamabad

Adrift on the high seas

With reference to the report Stolt Valor sails free (November 17), it is surprising to note the stoic silence of the international community on the scourge of piracy on the high seas. The world has many navies with blue water capabilities, but the lack of a coordinated international effort has encouraged pirates to run amok. Our collective conscience should blame us for having to pay ransom to the pirates because it shows up our vulnerability.

SURESH, P.M., Delhi