Mind the extra step
This has reference to Vikram Sood’s article Pakistan Occupied Pakistan (January 19). The author is right in saying that everything in Pakistan is determined by the army. The armed forces control politics. Pakistan has an image of mass-producing jehadis who are trained to kill innocents. It expects India to dimilitarise in Kashmir while its army does not want any solution to the Kashmir problem. Pakistan must accept that J&K is an integral part of India and it should look to taking care of its own provinces engulfed in unrest.
Syed Adil Mehdi, via e-mail
Vikram Sood has rightly advised Pakistan to stop sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India. Pakistan should give peace a chance as this is not only essential for both countries but also for the well-being of Pakistan.
J.L. Ganjoo, Delhi
Whether it is the case of military rule in Pakistan or the issue of Kashmir’s identity, it is the voice of the people that is the decisive factor. Until and unless the voice of the Kashmiris is heard, there can be no lasting solution to the Kashmir problem.
Sami Rafiq, Aligarh
Janata Dal (& Son)
The Janata Dal in Karnataka is shedding its ‘secular’ image (Gowda Jr pulls out, BJP ready, January 19).. H.D. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy have apparently parted ways. But then, beyond the cosmetics of it all, the Janata Dal remains a family organisation.
N. Nagarajan, via e-mail
There is no justification in adjourning the on-going session of the Karnataka assembly. The majority can easily be proved on the floor of the House instantly. The nine-day period given by the governor will lead to horse-trading. This would again be against the spirit of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Jharkhand case.
Mahendra Gupta, Delhi
God, such a small thing!
If Arundhati Roy can accept the Sydney Peace Prize, why did she refuse the Sahitya Akademi award (Infinite justice and wisdom of Ms Roy, Jan. 17). Is it because the latter is a desi award without the glitter of an international one?
K.K. Sharma, Gurgaon
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