With dictators falling, West Asian regimes must mend their ways
The death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi at the hands of rebels has ended 42 years of his bloody dictatorial rule (Gaddafi killed, hometown falls, October 21). After Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak, another dictator has fallen in the Arab world. It serves as a warning to other West Asian countries where there may not be an overt dictatorship but which resort to strong-arm methods to deny freedoms. The suppression of the human spirit leads to discontent and is bound to trigger a violent uprising, sooner or later.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Faultlines in building plans
In his article Let’s do a Myanmar (October 21), Sanjib Kumar Baruah rightly mentions that the government should pay heed to the seismic activity in the region before building big dams in the North-east. Today, around 35 functional/non-functional dams and hydel projects are being built in Sikkim, a high seismic zone. The risk of earthquakes is said to increase with such constructions. The recent earthquake that struck Sikkim and Nepal should act as an eye-opener.
Tshering Wangchuk Bhutia, Delhi
With allies like these...
The report Don’t strike, we have nukes: Kayani to US (October 20) should serve as an eye-opener to the US which should review its carrot and stick policy towards Pakistan. It cannot depend any longer on Islamabad’s support in eradicating terrorism, given the latter’s active support to jihadis entrenched there. India should also be cautious, lest it be made to plunge into another war with Pakistan.
GM Rama Rao, Visakhapatnam
He’s really fit for life
With reference to the editorial Keep on running (The Pundit, October 19), I am in awe of Fauja Singh, the centenarian who completed the marathon. Running is the best exercise to avoid obesity.
Gayatri Gahlaut, via email