The US and Pakistan are both at fault
It shouldn’t have surprised the US that Pakistan is modifying its anti-ship Harpoon missiles with an intention to target India (Pak modified US missiles to target India?, September 1). India has been warning the US to be careful about supplying ammunition to our rogue neighbour. But the US did not heed the advice and continued to equip Pakistan with state-of-the-art missiles and bombs, which are now being misused. There is no harm in providing aid. But knowing that a nation like Pakistan is capable of betrayal, the US could have acted in a more responsible manner.
CNN Nair, Mumbai
Leave the past behind
Pratik Kanjilal’s article Akhand Bharat the sequel (Speakeasy, August 29) made for interesting reading. He deftly tried to divert our attention from the issue of Partition with his advice of focussing on current problems like those related to the declaration of judges’ assets, women’s reservation in panchayats and other administrative bodies, the truth behind Pokhran-II, etc. Kanjilal is right in stating that with many unresolved issues from the present, there is no need to increase our problems by digging up the past?
Ajay Tyagi, Mumbai
Gone but not forgotten
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s sad demise is an irreparable loss for the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is worse for the underprivileged and farmers, whose welfare was always on top of his mind. With his death, the Congress party, too, has lost a competent leader. It is still unclear as to why his chopper was allowed to fly in such bad weather and why he was allowed to fly over a Naxal-dominated area. These are some of the questions that the airport authorities need to answer.
GM Rama Rao, via email
It is shocking to learn about Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s death. YSR was a messiah of the needy and the downtrodden in Andhra Pradesh. His simple lifestyle reflected his dedication and sincerity towards his profession. It was because of YSR that the UPA could form a government at the Centre twice over. His death has created a vacuum in Andhra politics. It will be a tough task to find a successor to YSR who is as capable as he was.
Narayan B Iyer, Mumbai
Not black and white
Harsh Mander in Closure, yet so far (September 1) rightly laments that even seven years after the Gujarat riots, communal bloodbath continues and people are still being killed in the name of religion. But Mander’s view that the State has never initiated a reconciliation process between various communities is wrong. To begin with, India is constitutionally secular. There are stern laws to punish those who wrongly favour one community over others. Also, India has seen both Hindu and Muslim heads of the State and defence heads, which is a matter of great pride.
Dhirendra Sharma, vai email
Bridge the divide among schools
Shobhit Mahajan’s article Differential calculus (September 3) rightly argued that Indian schools need competent teachers and infrastructure before anything else. But he seems to have forgotten the disparity between public and private schools that is the root cause of all problems in India. This divide shows state-owned schools in a bad light and everyone wants to get his/her child admitted into private schools, which leads to many other problems. The government should bridge this gap before introducing any other reform in the education sector.
S.C. Sood, via email