To meet the MDG deadline, nations must work together
Shashi Tharoor’s article Not in it alone (September 28) should be an eye-opener for every nation that wishes to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline. Developed nations should help the developing and poor ones to tackle problems like malnutrition, weak economy, illiteracy, rural healthcare etc. Unless everyone does their bit, reaching these goals will remain a pipedream. Can we afford that?
Yogita Bahuguna, Dehradun
Tharoor presents a good analysis of developing nations which are hamstrung by myriad problems and are victims of discrimination in trade practices. MDGs are idealistic development plans that demand a growth-oriented approach and paradigm changes in governance. The problems of developing nations will be resolved only if the developed nations assist them financially.
Sriprakash Ganapati, Madhepura
The damage has been done
With reference to the editorial Put out the welcome mat (Our Take, September 27), it seems that everyone, especially the media, was waiting for the Commonwealth Games preparations to fail so that they could take potshots at
the government. The media focused only on the CWG mess and didn’t offer the government any suggestion on how taxpayers’ money could have been used judiciously.
Ranjan Srivastava, via email
Don’t overburden the Army
Sanjay Kak in his article It is what you don’t see (September 29) laments the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and the presence of the Army in Kashmir. If the Valley is as peaceful as our politicians claim it to be, then instead of repealing AFSPA, why can’t the Army be asked to leave the state? Let the J&K Police relieve the Army of its additional responsibilities.
Arun Bajpai, via email