Holding on

Published on Jan 20, 2006 02:01 AM IST

It is sad that instead of setting an example by shifting to an alternative accommodation, Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad Yadav are persistently holding on to the chief minister?s bungalow on one pretext or another (Rabri gets final call: shift or else..., January 18).

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It is sad that instead of setting an example by shifting to an alternative accommodation, Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad Yadav are persistently holding on to the chief minister’s bungalow on one pretext or another (Rabri gets final call: shift or else..., January 18). The Bihar government is fully justified in taking a tough stand to get the bungalow vacated without any further delay.

P.P. Talwar, via e-mail

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It is shocking that even after notices were issued, Rabri Devi is unwilling to vacate the bungalow that is supposed to be occupied by  Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. The Bihar government should not listen to any excuse and if need be, forcibly evict Rabri Devi forthwith.

V. Krishnakumar, Delhi

Pakistan on our mind

A.G. Noorani’s article The iceman goeth? (January 18) is another addition to the writer’s advocacy for Pakistan. Have we not conceded enough to Pakistan? Our neighbour is a country one-tenth the size of India, and yet we have been endlessly conceding to its demands for the last 58 years, instead of rooting out the cause of problems like terrorism. We have already let go of two- thirds of undivided Kashmir. It is a time that we listen to what the people of Kashmir want and be firm in our stand.

M.K. Barua, Delhi

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It is a pity that K. Shankar Bajpai insists on propagating the view that Pakistan thrives on Kashmir and India should not trust it (Perish the thaw, Jan. 17). One must try and understand why Pakistanis also do not trust India. Musharraf’s recent interview to Karan Thapar deserves to be considered seriously. In contrast, A.G. Noorani’s article was a helpful analysis of the same interview, suggesting a positive way to deal with the Kashmir solution.

V.T. Joshi, Bhopal

III

One agrees with Vikram Sood’s view that it’s a clever ploy on Musharraf’s part to  demand troops be pulled out of Kashmir (Pakistan occupied Pakistan, Jan. 19). If Musharraf is serious, let him first pull out the army from POK, Gilgit and Baltistan. Musharraf’s past record doesn’t justify any confidence.

R.J. Khurana, Bhopal

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