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india Updated: Oct 23, 2013 02:07 IST

The Left in India has pushed itself towards political irrelevance

Sitaram Yechury in It’s not shining for everyone (Left Hand Drive, October 22) rightly emphasises that India needs new policies rather than alternative leaders. Unfortunately, the Left parties in India, which could have provided those policies, have failed to deliver due to their obsession with ‘neo-liberalism’. Their opposition to anything associated with the West, like the Indo-US nuclear deal, has only pushed them towards political irrelevance. The author only highlights the shortcomings of other players but fails to mention how his party can do well in the 2014 elections.

JM Manchanda, New Delhi

All hopes of peace with Pakistan have proved to be in vain

The report Pak shells 25 BSF posts for 10 hrs (October 22) clearly shows that New Delhi has no reason to hope for better ties with Islamabad under the new Nawaz Sharif government. While it is a known fact that the Pakistan army and ISI have been anti-India, there was an inkling of hope that the civilian government might be for good ties with India. That hope has now been put to rest. Whatever the reasons, there is no justification for the ceasefire violations on the LoC. India should condemn Pakistan’s actions, and, if required, retaliate. Those who do not respect international laws should be made to see the point by using force.

Madan Mohan, via email

Musharraf was better at improving ties with India than Nawaz Sharif

The editorial Sounding like a stuck record (Our take, October 22), rightly mentions that Pakistan prefers to hold on to the delusions that have made it such an opponent of India. The track record of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clearly indicates that he had never been serious about good relation with India. In fact, Pervez Musharraf was better than Nawaz Sharif in furthering ties with India. Pakistan’s explanation that it is non-State actors who are precipitating tension between the two countries does not hold good any more.

Surendra Deo Sahay, New Delhi

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