Obama should stop talking about peace and war in the same breath
With reference to the editorial Look before you leap (August 29), it seems that the US has not learnt any lessons from the past. Looking at its past record of military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would be imprudent of the US to launch a strike on Syria that could draw the latter into a civil war. It is ironical that US President Barack Obama, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is talking about peace and war in the same breath. It’s appalling that while Afghanistan is still yearning for peace, the US is talking about yet another war. It is time the US stopped terrorising the world with its war-mongering mentality.
--Vinod Kumar, Uttarakhand
Time to protect our borders
The arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, the Indian Mujahideen mastermind and a key suspect in several terror blasts since 2008 is a major breakthrough especially after the recent arrest of Lashker-e-Taiba operative Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda. The fact that both the arrests were made near the India-Nepal border, which is highly porous and largely unmarked, must force the Indian government to enhance security at the border. Moreover, the time has come for India and Nepal to sign an extradition treaty and curb criminal activities along the border.
--Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad
End the stigma attached to rape
With reference to the report Victim released from hospital (August 29), it is commendable that the 22-year-old photojournalist, who was raped by the five men in Mumbai, has expressed her desire to get back to work. Moreover, her decision not to cover her face while coming out of the hospital is exemplary. This will help end stigma attached to rape and inspire other rape survivors to come out in the open.
--SD Sahay, New Delhi
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