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Victims as perpetrators

With reference to the editorial A battle that both have lost (Our Take, January 16), the retaliation to a few rockets shot from Gaza by Hamas into Israel, attacking and killing innocent people, including children, is inhuman and cruel.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 13:37 IST

With reference to the editorial A battle that both have lost (Our Take, January 16), the retaliation to a few rockets shot from Gaza by Hamas into Israel, attacking and killing innocent people, including children, is inhuman and cruel. There can be no justification for such action. It is surprising that the Jewish community, having suffered atrocities at the hands of the Germans, should act in this barbaric manner against their fellow men. And attacking the UN offices in Gaza only shows Israel’s utter disregard for the rest of the world.

S Kamat, Goa

Right choice, then and now

I agree with Ramachandra Guha’s opinion in There is no third option (History Matters, January 16), because by choosing India, the Kashmiris have joined the mainstream developmental process which this country has been undergoing ever since its independence in 1947. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru initiated the planning process of our economy and laid the foundation for the development of scientific institutions in the country. Our space programme and advances in nuclear energy have taken great leaps forward. And former PM Rajiv Gandhi initiated the growth of information technology that has resulted in a more vibrant new economy.

Shuchi Sharma, Delhi

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I thank Ramachandra Guha for placing the Kashmir question in the right perspective. It is one thing to talk about various theoretical possibilities regarding Kashmir, but a discourse must never lose sight of practicality. Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s misadventure of creating Pakistan is one of the darkest blots on our history that imperils us till today. What the Kashmiris need the most are schools, jobs and dignity, not the empty rhetoric of jihad and azadi.

AK Sharma, via email

America’s warped creation

The american mindset is that Pakistan poses the gravest threat to its security. In fact, the US should remember that this Frankenstein is its own creation and that the arms supplied to Pakistan by the US have always bean used against India, killing thousands of innocent people. Instead of learning from past mistakes, the US continues to pour huge quantities of arms and dollars into Pakistan, creating a super Frankenstein, while India continues to be the victim. Basically, India should gear up to face a joint threat from Osama, Obama and China.

Raghu Nath Singh, via email

Make a greater effort

With reference to the report Pak says it’s cooperating (January 16), Pakistan’s attempt to crack down on the LeT/Jamaat-ud-Dawa terror outfits, operating from its territory and connected to the Mumbai attacks, is a welcome step. But its claim of shutting down five institutions and making more than 100 arrests, is not enough proof of its commitment to probe the Mumbai terror attacks. In fact, Pakistan should honestly take tough action to save its own sovereignty, which is equally under threat now.

Ganesh V Hegde, Dharwad

Use clout to clout Pakistan

Apropos of the article Don’t keep up with those Joneses (Bloody Mary, January 15) by Sagarika Ghose, India is not just a liberal democracy but a major economic power in the region. Saarc has been a non-starter because of Pakistani intransigence. India has to emulate China in safeguarding its national interest. The world kowtows to China on Tibet, but pontificates to India on Kashmir. It’s time for India to start acting, beginning with using its economic clout in the region to corner Pakistan.

HN Ramakrishna, via email