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Sort out things at home first

Sort out things at home first

india Updated: Oct 20, 2008 22:38 IST
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Sort out things at home first

With reference to the report India, Sri Lanka & the Tamil issue (October 18), the DMK’s ultimatum to the Centre for its intervention in the Sri Lankan conflict is an expression of the party’s insensitivity to India’s internal problems. The resignation drama is aimed at promoting Tamil hegemony in Sri Lanka through the LTTE. India has no reason to meddle in the affairs of another country. Tamil Nadu MPs should stop acting as if they are elected only to safeguard the interests of Tamils, for they also represent the nation.

KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan


The political parties led by the ruling DMK have taken up the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils even as they continue to ignore the problems of Tamil Nadu, to divert people’s attention from real problems at home. The right solution, I believe, is that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu should visit Colombo with a delegation of politicians, intellectuals and academicians to meet the Sri Lankan President and PM to appraise the sentiments of all Tamil-speaking people. The Congress-led UPA government should be careful about handling our bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka.

KR Prem Kumar, Bangalore

Flying low

Shreyas navare (Big Deal, October 18) has well-sketched the present situation of the aviation industry in his cartoon. It’s strange that even as the industry’s heart beat weakens, its physicians are busy blaming each other. Increasing oil debts and the pressure of minimising expenses through job cuts are only the symptoms of illness. Before the aviation industry goes into cardiac arrest, the attendant doctors should unite and agree on a common procedure for the reviving the industry.

Rajesh mehta, Delhi

All in a day’s work

With reference to the editorial Learning to fly on this two-way street (Our Take, October 17), no doubt that layoffs are a painful experience, but they are an integral part of a globalised economy, and should not be politicised.Those who have so far enjoyed the fruits of the free market during the good times, must also know that the airlines are only doing what their counterparts in other sectors have done to cut losses.

Ved Guliani, Hissar

Abusing secularism

The report A communal vs. secular meet (October 14), provokes an old thought about what does secularism really mean. It is not about vote bank politics and appeasement of minorities, resulting in a majority backlash. Muslim leaders need to show the same maturity which Sikh leaders did two decades ago to keep the nation together.

BB tayal, Delhi

Master of the game

Sachin tendulkar’S cricketing feat has perked up a country enveloped in the gloom of a dipping Sensex.What’s most endearing about Tendulkar is that he still exudes the same boyish enthusiasm as when he made his debut in Pakistan two dec-ades ago. He has weathered stor-ms of criticism with stoic indifference, while choosing not to deride his detractors. He has raised the stature of the game by his self-belief, which should be a lesson for aspiring cricketers.

Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

First Published: Oct 20, 2008 22:32 IST