With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article No news is bad news (August 30), during the six decades of its freedom, Pakistan has been ruled by military dictators, with none of the elected governments being allowed to complete their term. At no time could its political leadership be trusted with national interests. It now remains to be seen whether General Kayani will keep his commitment to democracy. The fallout of Pakistan’s politics is no longer confined to that nation and is worrying for India.
Ved Guliani, Hissar
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that a turmoil-ridden Pakistan does not augur well for India, just as the disruptive activities in the Valley are not a good sign for Indo-Pak relations. Barkha is right that after Musharraf’s exit, pro-azaadi hysteria and anti-India propaganda have picked up, a bid to exploit the Amarnath row. The infighting among the coalition partners, Zardari’s PPP and Sharif’s PML(N), bodes ill for democracy in Pakistan.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that we cannot turn our back on the situation prevailing in Pakistan. Regardless of who is sponsoring terrorist organisations in the subcontinent, as long as they are functioning we cannot afford to let our guard down. The Indian government should work in harmony with its Pakistani counterpart to find an effective solution to the scourge of terrorism.
Anupam Kanodia, via email
Barkha Dutt has rightly analysed that India’s policy-makers have no idea how to deal with multiple power centres in Pakistan. It seems that a divisive and chaotic Pakistan is good for India. The main problem is the ISI, which is bound to become stronger given the preoccupations of the civilian leadership. Until both sides of the border are peaceful, India cannot afford to breathe a sigh of relief.
GK Arora, Delhi
A hungry tide
Neelesh Misra in his report Killer Kosi could leave Bihar barren (September 4) stated that the Kosi river brings with it coarse sand and gravel from its upper reaches, which can make the land almost barren. But some experts claim that the Kosi performs a natural task of land-building and that it is the embankments that have arrested the natural dispersion of sediments on the floodplains. This leaves one confused because the issue is of food security. Can embankments work on a river which is not stable and carries a heavy silt load?
Gautam Navlakha, via email
Some good from misfortune
Notwithstanding the severe damage caused by the floods in Bihar, this is an opportunity for farmers to recoup some of their losses. The silt left behind by the receding waters is both moisture-laden and fertile. With proactive government support in the form of the right seeds and fertilisers, advantage can be taken of what is now a calamity during the coming sowing season. If the state and central governments work together and provide the right inputs, including loans, the flood affected areas could yield a bumper winter harvest, to help farmers get back on their feet.
BK Saha, Delhi
Talk terms with the US
Apropos of the report NSG meet eve, Washington posts N-bomb to India (September 4), the issue of the historic nuke deal has taken a new turn, which could also deal a blow to the Indian economy. We should be clear about our demands to the US as we can’t afford to be seen as compliant with American policies.
Pankaj Shrouti, Bhopal
Preach to the prosperous
Apropos of the report No violence but Orissa still on edge (September 4), the government must take into account the feelings of Hindus if they are nursing a sense of grievance. What appears as an oddity is the fact that the activities of Christian missions are mostly confined to backward areas where simple folks reside. If these worthies are really keen to spread the gospel truth to us, why do they not reach out to prosperous city people who are in a better position to judge the merit of their message? In fact, need the Lord’s mercy much more than simple unspoilt tribals.
Asha Jain, via email