The Pakistan Army's losing its ability to fend off terror
I agree with the editorial Near a point of no return (Our Take, September 19) that the Pakistan Army is highly Islamicised and radicalised. Terror strikes in Pakistan are becoming frequent and scores of innocents are losing their lives almost everyday. This is because the army, which is more powerful than the civilian administration, doesn't seem to have either the will or resources to prevent these attacks. It's still not too late for Pakistan to set its house in order. But for that the army must stop supporting terrorists and seek help from the international community.
Subhash Vaid, via email
It won't get Modi anywhere fast
The editorial The Modi paradox (Our Take, September 20) rightly states that when Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi talks about harmony, we get reminded of something else. As the head of the state government, no politician is expected to let his prejudices - against Muslims in Modi's case - interfere with the state's policies. Modi's fast won't help him reinvent his image. Reaching out to the families of the victims of the 2002 riots and ensuring them justice will.
Amit Bhandari, Delhi
A strategy past its sell-by date
With reference to the editorial Reservation preservation (The Pundit, September 20), the proposals made by law minister Salman Khurshid and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati to give reservations to socially and economically backward Muslims and upper-caste poor is an old political gimmick to get votes. It's disappointing that even after 64 years of Independence, politicians are relying on quotas rather than ensuring development to win elections.