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New times, new friends

This has reference to Brahma Chellaney?s article Two-timing George (March 6). There is no need for India to get paranoid every time the US engages with Pakistan.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 01:01 IST

This has reference to Brahma Chellaney’s article Two-timing George (March 6). There is no need for India to get paranoid every time the US engages with Pakistan. President Bush’s body language communicated that Indians make reasonable friends for the US. If this new-found relationship turns out to be less stable, the US has just as much to lose, given India’s self-
made rise.

Rajesh Raheja
via e-mail

Nothing new or startling

This refers to Pankaj Vohra’s article Uncovering the tracks (March 6). The Banerjee report on Godhra is comparable to the recent judgment on Jessica Lall murder case where the truth has been swept under the carpet. As the Sabarmati Express coach caught fire very near the railway station, how can it be possible that 59 passengers were burnt alive inside the coach without any help extended to save them?

J.N. Mahanty
via e-mail


Justice Banerjee’s report is on the expected lines. Successive governments have always misused the service of retired judges in judicial panels. This was even exposed in the petrol pump scam when commissions headed by retired judges allotted petrol pumps to favourites of the NDA government. The appointment of retired judges should be the prerogative of a high-powered judicial commission with no political bias.

Subhash Agrawal

No to Pakistan

Kudos to George Bush for rejecting Pervez Musharraf’s demands for a nuclear deal. The US restraint shows that no one is blind to Pakistan’s double standards. India is a nation with a sense of responsibility while Pakistan irresponsibly transfers the nuclear know-how and sponsors terrorism.

Hansraj Bhat

Save the child

It is sad that despite so much awareness, parents still kill the girl child in womb (Foeticides shoot past alarm bell, March 6). It is imperative that society introspects to see the extent of damage it is inflicting on itself. In a world where girls are proving their worth at home and in the workplace, it is baffling what drives parental fear of rearing a girl child.

Bal Govind

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First Published: Mar 07, 2006 01:01 IST