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Opportunity with the US

This refers to Raj Chengappa’s article, Why the new normal with the US is boring (Ground Zero, June 23). While it sounds good to know that US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited India, it remains to be seen if there will be any improvement in the relations between the two countries, which have remained off-key since the departure of Gorge W Bush from the international scene. The Indo-US nuclear deal has not taken off to the desired levels. As Kerry believes in letting the past go, there is some hope of improving the ties. India should make good this opportunity by getting the required nuclear material.

R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh

Himalayan disaster

This refers to The disaster that man made (June 23). Tourism, heritage, pilgrimage and forestry are interlinked human aspirations. These are wedded with our socio-cultural ethos, as is witnessed in the large number of people visiting shrines in the mountains. However our planners seem unaware of this instinct. The Uttarakhand disaster lays bare the bankruptcy of our development and disaster management policies. Let us now introspect. It is time to commit holistically to a sustainable, eco-friendly and integrated developmental model to serve human aspirations without hurting nature.

MPS Chandrawat, Baru Sahib (HP)


We have this disaster because man has forgotten to pay attention to his surroundings and has shut his eyes to the possible consequences. The government has to spread awareness regarding environment through various means.

Chaitanya Gupta, Phagwara


It is sad that we are not prepared as a nation to face natural disasters and calamities. Let us not indulge in a blame game and work out a concrete plan to cope with the crisis. We have to learn from the best practices of disaster management in the world, especially Japan. Identify preventive measures and contingency plans for rehabilitation of the victims in Uttarakhand. A manmade disaster of this kind should not happen again.

Dr M. M. Goel, Kurukshetra

Need for marriage

Apropos Going solo’ (Spectrum, June 23), society has evolved to its present day form from the promiscuous, fluid relationships from the prehistoric conglomeration through various stages of civilisation. The institution of marriage and family came into existence to cater to biological needs and provide a secure environment to rear the young. Of the various cardinal duties, to provide healthy, socially meaningful progeny is an important duty of the householder. Singletons are either too ambitious, perfectionist or have witnessed marriages of close relatives breaking down. Or else they want to indulge in fun without bearing the responsibility towards mate and society.

Dr Sanjay Pathak, email

Sharif’s promise

Apropos Will Sharif’s capacity match his resolve(Guest Column, June 23), the internal situation in Pakistan remains in turmoil. Terror attacks on civilians have not come down even under the new government. While Nawaz Sharif has promised peace, massive official grants to terror organisations tell a different story. India should not expect immediate halt to infiltration from across the border. Sharif’s efforts towards peace in the region will have to be watched while remaining vigilant.

S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida

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