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Obama has won a battle, not war

I appreciate H. K. Dua’s front-page editorial, Obama overcomes barriers of time and culture (Nov 6). He has very rightly stated that Obama’s victory shows “the change that has taken place in the American psyche and society that many doubted the country was actually prepared for.”

No doubt, George Bush’s arrogant and outrageous actions in Iraq and his actions of bullying the whole world and bringing American economy to the brink of disaster have helped Obama. But Obama is very mature and the whole of America believes that he is capable of taking on the challenge.

In the euphoria of Obama’s victory, it must not be forgotten that he has won a battle and not a war. The real challenge before him is to improve the economy, tackle recession and layoffs in offices and industry.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali (Gurdaspur)


Mr Dua’s editorial is a genuine appreciation for Obama’s decisive victory. The world seems to be curious about the future plans of the President-elect as the first serious cracks in the American type of capitalism have become too apparent to be ignored.

Obama’s American-African origin arouses new hopes and noble emotions of co-existence and brotherhood. There was a time when Blacks were captured from the dense forests of Africa and forced to work in the fields of Europe and America.

Obama’s grand and unique rise in public life means the complete rejection of Bush and his disastrous adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.



If we were to explain Obama’s victory in one word, it is “change”. Republican candidate in the presidential election John McCain was also a great warhorse, but he could not match Obama’s popularity.

Why are Indians so happy at Obama’s victory? He is today’s hero who can deliver the goods. Alas! there is no such hero in our country today. The reason: we get leaders who come to power as a result of compromise.

BHARAT KUMAR GUPTA, Khanna (Ludhiana)


The US electorate saw Obama as a true leader. People have high expectations. How will he tackle the economic meltdown in the US and the world? How will he tackle international terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq?

It is good that Obama has links with Africa, Asia and many Indian-Americans. This will actually help India. Obama is a leader of the 21st century and by electing him, Americans have walked a big step to bring a historical change for them and the world.



Obama’s win is a good sign of change in the thinking of US society and gives hope for better and cordial relations between Whites and Blacks. Cordial relations will result in economic development too.

Indian politicians especially those who are trying to divide the nation on regional or caste basis can perhaps learn a lesson from it. In fact, it is our voters who must throw out such persons in the forthcoming elections by not exercising their franchise in their favour.



Undoubtedly, it is a historic moment. This election has proved the deep-rooted democratic ideals and practices in America. Obama brings a new hope for the millions, a hope for a better future for his countrymen. His performance, however, will be watched by the way he handles the economic crisis.

Iraq, Afghanistan, specially the war on terror will need to be taken to its logical end. Obama’s election has kindled hopes for a more peaceful and progressive world. It is hoped that Obama will carry forward and further strengthen the Indo-American relations in the interest of both nations.

Brig H.S. SANDHU (retd), Panchkula


Obama’s success can at best be attributed to the reckless policies of George Bush who, besides the military misadventure in Iraq and Afghanistan, pushed the great democracy to the brink and the global economic meltdown.

Obama will continue to follow policies beneficial to the US and take India along so long it suits him. The media should curb its overexcitement because the people in India are worried about the effect of economic meltdown on them.

S.K. AGGARWAL, Amritsar

Accidents in HP

Bus accidents have become too common in Himachal Pradesh which sometimes take a heavy toll. The government makes promises in the media about preventive measures which remain on paper.

Drivers, while driving heavy or light vehicles, listen to songs on stereo. They change cassettes and talk freely on cell phones without caring for the safety of the passengers. I have been a witness to this mischief.

In addition, rash driving, untrained drivers, poor road conditions, mechanical failures result in major mishaps. The government should take stringent action against drivers who play with the lives of the passengers.

J. R. AZAD, Shimla

Time to save the Bustard

I appreciate the editorial highlighting the woefully small population of the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) in India. Six species of the Bustard used to inhabit mainland Asia of which two are now extinct. Of the four surviving species, three are exclusive to India alone.

Though the population census of a bird species is well nigh impossible, the 4-ft tall GIB is the world’s largest and now confined to just three pockets in India. Admittedly, a near-exact count is possible.

The last count in November 2007 placed their number at less than 500 birds. Salim Ali wrote that GIB in “droves of 25 to 30 is not uncommon”! Let every Indian stand up and denounce the Maharashtra government for trying to virtually denotify one of the three GIB sanctuaries in India.

Lt-Gen BALJIT SINGH (retd), Chandigarh 



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