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Pakistan faces an uphill drive

The front-page editorial “There is no change in the basics in Pakistan” (March 18) by Mr HK Dua has depicted the correct picture prevailing in Pakistan. It would be a folly to think that the restoration of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry as the Chief Justice will usher a new era in Pakistan. India is surely in an uncomfortable position as it is difficult to understand who is in control of the neighbouring country.

To think that the Army has really gone back to barracks and terrorists have retired to their hideouts will be unrealistic. In fact, the army in Pakistan may have benefited from the infighting within the political parties. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has emerged as a real hero after the agitation. While Mr Nawaz Sharif has gained politically, President Asif Zardari has cut a sorry figure. The Americans are again committing a blunder by reposing faith in the Pakistan army. The US cannot fully depend upon Pakistan’s help in the Afghanistan war. The crisis has only been defused. It is not the end of the story.

CAPT S K DATTA, Abohar




Blunted performance

The middle “Bold and Blunt” (March 11) by Mr J L Gupta was a severe indictment of the policies and performance of all the political parties.

In fact, in the face of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, this piece puts forward the real agenda of the common man very briefly, simply and subtly.

Aam aadmi of the country aspires only for corruption-free and efficient governance. He expects genuine social welfare schemes, an honest implementation of  development projects and  people-friendly laws.

J B GOYAL, Kurukshetra

US blunder

H.K. Dua’s front-page editorial “Americans commit blunders, not mistakes” (March 10) was analytical. The US had created Taliban in order to fight the Russian army. Now, Taliban has become omnipotent and omnipresent. In fact, be it the Vietnam war, the Korean crisis or the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the US has always worked for its own selfish interests and invariably backed rogue regimes.

H S BADHAN, Hoshiarpur

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Mr Dua is absolutely right in categorising Taliban as good or bad. This historic blunder is going to prove costly to India. Part of the Taliban (‘good’ ones of course) let off the hook and possibly co-opted to rule Afghanistan will turn their malevolent eyes on India along with the ‘Bad Taliban’.

India has always been their target because the US is too far away and is highly intolerant of terrorism. So Taliban — good, bad or indifferent — is bad news for India. In the emerging scenario, India’s prime concern should be its own security and of its embassy in Afghanistan.

PINNIE GUPTA, Dehradun

Unwanted hype

The media has been unnecessarily playing up the relationship between Chand Mohammad aka Chander Mohan and Fiza alias Anuradha Bali. There are thousands of divorce cases in India. But the media does not play such an active role in all the cases.

Every religion has its rules and regulations. Nobody is authorised to change the rules. The media must concentrate on positive reporting and not fritter away precious time and resources on such frivolous cases.

BIMAL KUMAR, Lecturer, Amritsar College of Engineering & Technology, Amritsar 






Self-styled guardians of the poor

To the editorial “Marxist manifesto” (March 18), I would like to add that the CPM election manifesto that accuses other parties of pursuing pro-rich policies, communal politics and succumbing to imperialism is indeed amusing. Actually, the self-styled guardians of the proletariat have become the messiah of the promoters and industrialists in West Bengal and have no qualms in evicting the poor from their lands in order to build plush apartments and factories.

Instead of bringing to book those who created mayhem in Kolkata to demand ouster of well-known writer Taslima Nasreen, the secular government gave in to fundamentalists and promptly expelled the author from the state. The so-called fighters against imperialism remain completely mum when the Chinese torture the peace-loving Tibetans. Thus, the CPM is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata

 





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