The Pakistani army must go back to the barracks where it belongs|
With reference to the editorial Not the general picture today (Our Take, January 23), Pakistan prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani must be commended for upholding democratic norms, even though the political situation in Pakistan is volatile. The real power in the country still lies with the army but recent developments may turn the tide in favour of the elected government: the US's changed attitude towa-rds the Pakistan army, a more assertive media, an authoritative judiciary and an awakened citizenry. The army should read the signs and stop interfering in the responsibilities of the civil government.
--PP Talwar, via email
The BJP's opaque vision
The editorial It's checkmate Gadkari now (Our Take, January 24) rightly states that the BJP doesn't have a definitive poll strategy. Party chief Nitin Gadkari has turned back from his earlier statement that the party won't project any one person as the prime ministerial candidate. By backing Narendra Modi for the PM's post now, Gadkari is confusing the electorate about the party's vision for the country.
--Bal Govind, Noida
Don't let this go from bad to verse
Hari Kunzru's article 'Why I quoted from The Satanic Verses' (January 24) makes for wonderful reading. Kunzru has clearly stated that the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival did not encourage him to read from The Satanic Verses or support his decision. Therefore, the Rajasthan government should stop making a mountain out of a molehill, as Rushdie has already cancelled his visit to India.
--Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
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