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Terror finds its resting place on Ground Zero

Vir Sanghvi in Why the War on Terror was Lost (Counterpoint, August 20) hit bull?s eye.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 05:30 IST

Vir Sanghvi in Why the War on Terror was Lost (Counterpoint, August 20) hit bull’s eye. Every time someone tries to stop terrorism, a new bunch of jehadis is created. Let’s hope the so-called Peacemakers (Bush & Co.) and the Jehadis (Osama & Co.) will shed their personal agendas and let people be.

Prakhar Agarwal,
on email

II

Counterpoint made for an absorbing read. The invasion of Iraq will go down in history as one of the greatest blunders of all times and the world may have to pay a very heavy price for it. As for Pakistan, it was very much a rogue state well before 9/11 but the Western powers failed to heed India’s concerns and requests to rein in Pakistan.

MK Bajaj,
Gurgaon

III

The West has been short-sighted much more before the creation of Pakistan! The British adopted the ‘divide and rule’ policy that along with the pusillanimous mindset of the Congress party paved the way for the partition on the basis of ‘Two-Nation’ theory.

Shreeram Paranjpe,
Mumbai


Chalk and cheese

This refers to the Guest Column by Julio Ribeiro (Lesson from London, August 20). He has explained the difference between approaches to similar problems in two countries. The biggest difference in India is political interference. Citizens have to get united and throw out all such politicians who interfere in work of the police and the judiciary.

Narendra M Apte,
Mumbai

II

Julio Ribeiro has blamed the judiciary for the time it takes to conclude cases. I do not hold any brief (sic!) for the judiciary, but surely Mr Ribeiro is aware of the number of cases that do not get closed, thanks to the slipshod investigations of the police? When you point a finger at someone, unfortunately, there are three of your fingers pointing at you!

Wg Cdr CK Sharma (Retd),
on email


Losing its form with reference to the write-up The English ghazal (Arts & Culture, August 20) by Samrat, while it is heartening that the ghazal is becoming popular with English-writing poets in the West, it is sad and a matter of grave concern that its traditional form is being played around with.

Keshev Malik,
New Delhi