The grass is not greener on the other side of the border
I agree with Arun Jaitley’s views, in Let’s back Insaniyat (September 27), that even six decades after Independence we have failed to win the trust of the Kashmiris. Is the two-nation theory still alive and kicking in Kashmir? Pakistan’s role in keeping Kashmir on the boil can’t be overlooked, even though the azadi that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has to offer leaves a lot to be desired. Those chanting the mantra of azadi are only playing into Pakistan’s hands.
S. Shankar Singh, Delhi
It is essential that the separatists be sidelined if a solution has to be found to the problems plaguing the Valley. Their tactics, of creating violent unrest and then blaming the State
for its heavy-handedness, are well-known. But we should remember that it was A.B. Vajpayee who provided legitimacy to the separatists, opening the doors to them in the name of Insaniyat, before advocating the de-legitimisation of their Haivaniyat.
Shanti Bhushan, Ghaziabad
Not mission impossible
The editorial No looking back now (Our Take, September 28) rightly suggested that the Centre must go ahead with its package for Kashmir. Although expectations from the all-party delegation were low, it proved to be surprisingly successful in breaking the vicious cycle of mistrust. The re-opening of schools and colleges in the Valley, despite the strike call by the separatists, is a clear indication that the people of Kashmir are prepared to cooperate with the State to restore normalcy. One can only hope that Omar Abdullah’s government is able to win back the confidence of the state’s youth.
Siri Wasan, Noida
The solutions are within
Shashi Tharoor in Not in it alone (September 28) correctly highlighted the gap between projections and achievements with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It must be remembered, though, that there have been various geopolitical changes in the world since the adoption of the MDGs. The recent economic crisis has made developed nations less inclined to open their coffers for the developing world, and the MDGs were adopted before America was engaged in costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The onus now lies on the developing nations to step up efforts to improve the lot of their people.
Karan Thakur, Delhi
The dragon is at the gates
With reference to the editorial Bully in the China shop (Our Take, September 25), India should give a befitting reply to China as it has long been creating nuisance by claiming parts of Indian territory. We must prioritise our military preparedness instead of bickering over petty political issues at home. China is encircling India, with much help from its disgruntled neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and trying to challenge its integrity. Given our lax security, India seems as vulnerable as it was in 1962. The government must wake up to this threat.
Uday Agnihotri, Delhi
It’s come too little, too late
The editorial Put out the welcome mat (Our Take, September 27) was right in stating that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s long-awaited intervention in the Commonwealth Games came as a ray of hope. If only the preparations had begun on time and the work done with dedication, transparency and sincerity, success would have been ours. Indians know better than anyone else that nothing is impossible to achieve, if attempted with hard work, patience and faith in God.
Kiran Sabharwal, via email