AG Noorani in No time to talk (January 16) rightly explains the US’s Iraq policy with no room for negotiation and the unilateral use of brutal force. The lack of US will for bilateral negotiation has resulted in terror and mistrust. The situation in North Korea could prove to be another Iraq. The UN Secretary General should persuade the US to negotiate with North Korea if the danger to world peace is to be defused.
The editorial The real joke, GoI (January 15), rightly stated that some news channels have messed up things so much that opinion favouring the imposition of some kind of control on the news these channels put out is gaining strength. There is no sense of fixing priorities or proportion. A murder or a rape in a city makes prime news at daybreak. By the time channels come to their senses some day, it could be too late for them to regain lost ground.
Sitaram Yechury in The Empire strikes again (Jan. 13) strikes at the BJP. But appeasement of Muslims for electoral gains is done by all political parties including the communists. When the British arrived in India, Muslim and Hindu rajas fought among themselves for more power and pelf providing easy foothold to the intruders. Besides starvation deaths, many are dying of cold and the majority is eking out a bare existence. Those who ignore them are modern traitors.
Apropos of the report Maoists in Nepal’s Parliament (January 16), the decision of the Maoists to join the government deserves praise as it will strengthen democracy and pave the way for stability. This could inspire Naxals in India to renounce violence and use peaceful path instead for raising their demands.
Saad Ullah Khan
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