The US supped with the devil, we’re paying the price
With reference to Maleeha Lodhi’s article Grasp the nettle (October 19), the US has always tried to act as the world’s policeman but is, in fact, responsible for engendering Islamic terrorism by arming mercenaries in Pakistan and Afghanistan to counter the Soviet influence in Asia. Now, after the USSR’s collapse, the monster it had created is devouring its own creators, which shouldn’t surprise us.
Mukesh Advani, Delhi
Unwilling to make a difference
I agree with Rajdeep Sardesai’s views in Drowning things out (Beyond the Byte, October 16) that Mumbai’s self-centred residents are no different from those in other metros or even small towns if a low voting turnout is taken as an indicator of prevailing apathy. In fact, it’s the middle-class that questions our politicians and their strategies, but it chickens out when it’s time to vote for change. The crux of the matter is that those who make up the middle-class are happy in their isolation.
Bal Govind, Noida
Rajdeep Sardesai has blown the lid off the financial capital of the country, Mumbai, by exposing the self-absorbed mindset of its residents. So many incidents in the recent past that have made headlines have failed to elicit a response from apathetic Mumbaikars. They seem to have forgotten their responsibility both as
residents of the resilient city and as citizens of India.
Sunny Mitra, Kolkata
Tall talk and little else
I wonder if Sitaram Yechury can explain to his supporters how his party has contributed towards addressing the issues raised by him in Darkness at noon (Left Hand Drive, October 20), since the Left seems to have done precious little both as part of the UPA government, and as part of the Opposition now.
Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi