The UPA government needs to take lessons from Israel, which bombed the Gaza Strip soon after rockets were launched from there. Instead the current government prefers to wear bangles and cry, while complaining to big brother US to take action. The Americans are a cunning lot and they do not want to help resolve the India-Pakistan conflict, since they would like to continue selling arms and ammunition to both the countries and keep their commercial interests alive.
TUNEER BONDHOPADHYAY, Kolkata
Repeated assertions by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that war is no solution make little sense, particularly in the absence of any specified alternative, unless, of course, juxtaposed with the N-deal. Singh would not like to take any action that might compel Pakistan to withdraw troops from its western borders and thus create problems for the US. While our troops continue to face bullets daily and lay down their lives, ‘no war’ remains the PM’s preferred option and the loss of Indian lives does not seem to be disturbing him.
HARSHITA CHOUDHARY, Jaipur
Pak’s self-defeating exercise
Pakistan’s negative approach towards India over the terror suspects linked to the Mumbai strikes is another setback for relations between two countries. Pakistan continues down the old track of disagreeing to hand over terror suspects and fugitives from India’s ‘most wanted’ list. Though there is no extradition treaty between the two countries, Pakistan should voluntarily cooperate with India since it is a victim of the same menace, instead of creating a war hysteria all over again.
GANESH V. HEGDE, Dharawad
Media’s getting above itself
Apropos of the report Sanghvi calls for media accountability (January 5), Vir Sanghvi really deserves the Lokmanya Tilak award for journalism and our news anchors need to take a few lessons from him when he says that the media have eluded the clutches of accountability and are on the loose. I believe the media have become even more powerful than politicians — a breed that could never be accorded any credibility — since the public relates to journalists as being one of them. So, responsibility and accountability are of even higher importance and must be placed above business interests.
SUNIL MALHOTRA, via email
In top gear, as usual
With reference to the editorial Small doses cure slowly (Our Take, January 5), the much-talked about global recession seems to be missing here. Markets are full, people are spending, restaurants are doing great business, and people are travelling and holidaying as usual. In fact, it only seems to have had an impact on the job market, where companies are cutting flab arbitrarily.
ARVIND BHATIA, Delhi