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Updated on Aug 31, 2012 10:45 PM IST

Culture can't be a substitute for politics in India-Sri Lanka ties.

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Culture can't be a substitute for politics in India-Sri Lanka ties
I agree with Gopalkrishna Gandhi's views that culture, not politics, guides the relationship between India and Sri Lanka (In step with tradition, Incidentally, August 25). But culture cannot be a substitute for politics. We can't address the human rights problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils and fishermen by promoting art or music in that country. Such issues require political dialogue and discussion. There-fore, New Delhi and Colombo need a mix of culture and politics to strengthen ties between the two nations.
Shahla Mustafa, Patna

Send out a loud and clear message
With reference to the report SC upholds death for Kasab for war on India (August 30), now that the highest court of law in the country has issued a verdict to execute Ajmal Kasab, there should be no reason for the President to grant a pardon or commute his sentence. This is important to make the enemies of India realise that we won't tolerate any terror activity on our soil.
M Kumar, via email

No give and take in weddings
This refers to the report Taking dowry bigger crime than giving (August 29). In India, dowry laws don't safeguard the interests of men. There is no provision to punish a woman and her family for harassing a man in the name of dowry. If accepting and giving dowry are crimes, then the government should also put a limit on the money spent on weddings, as the bride's family usually spends more than it can afford under pressure from the groom's family and society in general.
Jyoti Tiwari, via email

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