India needs to draw lessons on restraint from the Boston blasts
With reference to the editorial Still in the danger zone (April 17), the Boston marathon bombings clearly suggest that the war against terrorism has not ended and the United States, no matter how much money it spends, can never become a walled fortress and eliminate the threat of terrorism completely. However, the way the US handled the situation is commendable.
Neither the police nor the US president jumped to conclusions. The restraint that the American political class displayed and the way the police and emergency services simultaneously swung into action and attended to the injured people at the scene was exemplary. India must learn a lesson or two from the incident.
Subhash Vaid, via email
Time to sow the seeds of hope
With reference to Fernando Molina Cortés’ article Harvest of Suicides (World Peasants’ Day, April 17), it is a matter of shame for India, which claims to be an emerging superpower, that 14,000 farmers committed suicide in 2011. It needs to be realised that farmers are the key to our economic growth. Therefore, the governments at the Centre and in the states must ensure that welfare measures like better marketing of agro-products and insurance policies for farmers are effective.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
A case of crass opportunism
With reference to the editorial Restraint seems an alien concept (Our Take, April 18), Congress national spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad’s insensitive remark that the Bangalore blast “will certainly help the BJP politically on the eve of election” reeks of crass political opportunism.
Unfortunately, he’s not alone. Time and again, politicians cutting across party lines have shown that they will try to gain political mileage from any crisis — be it the 26/11 attacks or the clemency appeal for Khalistani militant Devender Pal Singh Bhullar.
SD Sahay, Delhi
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