This refers to Manoj Joshi’s article Men of honour or super spies? (May 27). I am convinced that the three officers — Paul, Saini and Ujjal Das Gupta — are not spies. If anything, they can be accused of an improper relationship with a foreign national which is not such a big deal today. Ujjal Das was a fine officer and in RAW, he did not deal with any intelligence. It is a shame that we treat our officers in this manner. Even Captain Dreyfus of France was wrongly convicted of treason in 1894. It took 12 years for him to be exonerated and reinstated, after which he was given the Legion of Honour. The Official Secrets Act is breached almost daily in security and intelligence agencies, but comes in handy when someone is to be nailed. In RAW, even the circulars about tea parties are graded secret. Isn’t it a pity that in a country with such a proactive judiciary, people languish in jail without any charges? You have mentioned several cases in which the accused were ultimately found not guilty. Have any of the accusers been punished, if not, why?
Maj Gen (Retd)VK Singh
Leave Lebanon alone
Apropos of the editorial Beirut on the brink (May 29), it’s in the interest of Lebanon and Syria to find out the truth behind the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri and the West should not politicise this. It seems some countries are trying to drag Lebanon into a civil war again with the collaboration of some former Lebanese warlords.
Unrest in Pakistan
With reference to Vikram Sood’s article Uneasy lies the head (May 28), the unrest in areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and the regrouping of the Taliban are cause for concern. Pervez Musharraf’s hold over the country, even with brute military force, is fast declining. In neighbouring Afghanistan, the Taliban are spreading their tentacles despite the US troops and Nato forces deployed there. The Pakistan army has been striving to gain military depth by seizing power in Afghanistan. India has to be on guard politically and militarily to thwart these nefarious designs.
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