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Time for NAM to go

Apropos Raj Chengappa’s article, “Why India and Iran need each other” (Ground Zero, Sept 2), it is clear that NAM has lost its meaning since the collapse of the USSR. This congregation of 120 nations has hardly issued any ground-breaking policy joint statement. Only eight Prime Ministers capable of taking policy decisions on the behalf of their respective countries attended the summit and the rest of the delegates only delivered speeches. The Prime Minister of India was compelled to attend the summit due to domestic exigencies. No nation has the courage to support Iran which is under fire from the US. The Prime Minister tactfully escaped making any policy statement that could have annoyed the US.

Dr Vinod Prakash Gupta, Shimla


For the sake of peace, we should be friendly with all nations. But we must condemn what we do not agree with. Iran says Israel is a cancer and that it will be wiped out. It supports “death to America” rallies. Are they for peace? We should have the guts to condemn it.

PG Duggal, email

Urdu delights

I was thrilled to read Harihar Swarup’s article on Dr Gopi Chand Narang, “India’s ambassador for Urdu” (Sept 2). Urdu was born and developed in India and is spoken in 13 states. It lacks the required number to warrant recognition as the official language of any of these states except J&K. It is listed as one of the 14 Scheduled Languages. It is true that Urdu has ‘high literacy content’, but the younger generation is not drawn to it because of its low employment potential. A large number of non-Muslim writers have contributed towards its enrichment—Premchand, Raghupati Sahai Firaq, Tilok Chand Mehrum and Krishan Chander, to name a few.

VK Rangra, Delhi

Unsafe cities

Single in the city” by Taru Bahl (Spectrum, September 2) makes a strong case for survival strategy for women in Indian cities. During my stay in Seoul in 2011, I did not hear of a single case of crime against women who roam about freely at night without any fear. The entire city has CCTV cameras that ensure strict vigilance by the police. Let us change our mindset and make laws women friendly. Women deserve empathy and not sympathy as mere lip service.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

Diesel politics

Reference to “Dirty diesel and weak governments” by Sunita Narain (Sept 2), inaction on several important reforms reflects the intention of the government to not take any decision due to its dissenting coalition partners. Ways should be evolved to restrict the sale of subsidised diesel to only commercial vehicles.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

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