Talks won’t yield results. Pakistan must promise to act on terror
With reference to the report Get serious on tackling terror, India tells Pak (July 9), there is a lot of optimism in the air whenever India and Pakistan meet for talks. But only bilateral talks and visits will not yield any result, because des-pite enough evidence against it, Paki-stan will neither accept its involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks nor cooperate with India in bringing the guilty to justice. Therefore, New Delhi should make it clear that it is not interested in bilateral talks as long as Islamabad does not promise to take action on our complaints.
-SP Sharma, Mumbai
A tough choice for the UPA
This refers to the editorial Read between the lines (Our Take, July 7). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s promised India that his government will pull the economy out of the present crisis soon. But we can’t take the PM’s word for granted. The UPA has lost several opportunities in the past to revive the economy because of coalition compulsion. With just two years to go for the general elections, it remains to be seen if the UPA will really choose economics over politics.
Ramesh Sinha, via email
He makes a correct diagnosis
K Srinath Reddy in his article A cure for all ills (July 9) correctly admonishes physicians who prescribe costly branded drugs when effective generic substitutes are available in the market. But the writer should have also criticised consumers because many among them are obsessed with brand names and erroneously believe that drugs from renowned companies are more effective than their generic alternatives. To make healthcare affordable to all, doctors must give patients the freedom to choose the brand of their medicines.
Romesh Khardori, Virginia
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