India must work with the US on a post-2014 scene in Afghanistan
With reference to the editorial Struggling to move forward (Our Take, June 25), it is sad that India and the US are moving apart on the issue of Afghanistan. In the six decades post-Independence, India has honed a sense of general diplomacy in the footsteps of the Nehru era of active neutrality. In the specifics, it has lagged behind in keeping political equations separate from economic exigencies. An inward-looking US is leaving behind an unstable Afghanistan in an already volatile region. However, New Delhi should have used US secretary of state John Kerry’s visit to India as an opportunity to convince him that India will prove to be of as much relevance politically to the US in Afghanistan post-2014, as it has been to its economy for more than two decades now.
Janaki Narayanan, via email
The army never fails to deliver
With reference to the report, Worse weather on way after rain restricts rescue to 1,000, (June 25), from re-constructing a foot-over bridge which collapsed outside the Commonwealth Games venue in New Delhi to activating its disaster management cell to undertake rescue operations during natural calamities, the Indian Army has never failed us. It is a matter of shame that while the political class is busy playing games over the disaster in Uttarakhand, it is the army personnel who are risking their lives to save people.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
Team India clean bowls critics
Team India’s win over England to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy reaffirms that it is the best team in the world in one-day cricket (Blue collar team, June 25). With this victory, Team India has silenced its critics who after the spot-fixing scandal had started insinuating that the entire Indian cricket set-up was corrupt and all matches involving Indian players could be fixed for a price.
Amitabh Saxena, Dubai