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It takes two to tango

In his front-page editorial, “Call off the peace dialogue— to begin with” (Dec 23), H K Dua has rightly emphasised that “ like tango, it takes two to make peace..”. India has always worked for peace and Pakistan does exactly the opposite.

After the Mumbai attack, Pakistan’s involvement has been clearly established. India asked for their ISI Chief to come to India to clarify the issues and Pakistan refused point- blank. When India asked for handing over of 20 hard-core militants, it again refused. India asked Pakistan to take strong action against the terrorists and their camps and Pakistan denied their existence. It even disowned captured militant Kasab.

To exacerbate the matter further, the Pakistan Army chief says that it is ready to respond to the Indian attack within minutes. Now what does it all amount to? Simply, that Pakistan refuses to see reason or listen to the world community or care for peace with India.

There is a limit to patience and resilience of India. The world and Pakistan must realise it. In case, Pakistan continues to be defiant, then India will have no option but to take an extreme step. Let us hope that better sense prevails over the Pakistani leadership in the interest of larger good.



The efforts of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to contain the nefarious designs of Pakistan have ended up in futility. Rather Pakistan’s establishment has shown an impudent face and ignored the international opinion against terrorism. 

 Instead of nabbing the terrorists,  it has created a war phobia. Nothing unites Pakistan like a confrontation with India which also brings the army to the forefront. 

Our government should understand this very clearly that the high pressure diplomacy by Ms Rice and Mr Brown was only a lip service just to cool down India’s anger.

  In the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, it is crystal clear that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his government have no control over the Army-ISI combine, or the jihadis, and there is little hope that they ever will.  

The   ISI is actively helping and using the terror outfits to bleed India through its nefarious  designs and to engage India  in the proxy war.

Now , when both countries are back to square one, Mr Dua’s conclusion is most appropriate that the least the New Delhi can do is to immediately call off the dialogue, letting Pakistan know that sub- continental peace cannot be ensured by India alone .

At present, peace with Pakistan is a distant dream. The future alone will tell which way the winds of  the Indian subcontinent are  going to blow.

SUMAN KUKAL, Chandigarh                                           


The Mumbai attacks clearly indicate that those behind the terrorist killings are based in our neighbouring country. Pakistan continues to have terrorist training camps.

The people of India are watching as to how the Indian government will act The Indian government should severe or at least suspend diplomatic ties with Pakistan, till it comes down heavily upon the terrorists operating from its soil.



Peace is not a one-way traffic. It takes two to make peace. Mr Pranab Mukherjee is “keeping all options open” to tackle the post 26/11 situation. What is needed is prompt action. However, it would be prudent to exercise restraint and better not to take a hawkish position. In a war, ultimately it is humanity that will bleed.


  UP’s shame

The involvement of BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari in the murder of PWD engineer Manoj Gupta at Auraiya (UP) simply because the engineer refused to be a part of fund-raising drive for hi-fi birthday celebrations of the Chief Minister Mayawat is most abominable. Has UP become a banana republic?

Sadly, things in India will not improve till our political system is changed. Every political party at present patronises tainted persons and gives them tickets and makes them people’s representatives.

It is for the Supreme Court to intervene in the interest of security and welfare of the general public by taking suo motu cognisance of killing of engineer Manoj Gupta. Also, there should be a complete ban on birthday celebrations in public by those occupying  seats of power.


Rising pollution in Jalandhar 

I am aghast at the air pollution in Jalandhar city. Old models of diesel autos, buses, trucks and other vehicles spewing soot and toxic particles into the atmosphere have exacerbated the problem. Then the routine peak hour power cuts and the use of diesel generators add to the poor air quality. The Punjab government has failed to meet the power demands of a changing city.

It must be understood that diesel exhaust is toxic and is responsible for aggravating asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Oil and refining companies in India must produce and market ultra- low- sulphur diesel for urban transport. The cost to implement this change is about a rupee a litre of diesel. The cost not to implement this change is immeasurable.

The state Pollution Control Board must regulate the use of diesel generators. Alternatively, clean forms of power generation such as power from solar photovoltaic panels should be promoted.

Finally, local administrations must initiate the replacement of the polluting diesel engines with CNG engines. CNG autos and buses are being used in Delhi. There is no reason why Punjab cannot follow suit.

KAMAL AHUJA, Jalandhar 



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