This refers to the editorial, ‘In the fold’ (IE, October 9). The BJP cannot wash its hands of the controversial utterances of the ABVP by citing that the latter is not part of the party. The BJP cannot deny the fact that it helps the ABVP in its various activities and even ropes it in to help during elections. Several BJP leaders cut their teeth in the ABVP. Why doesn’t the BJP condemn the ABVP’s horrid and communal statements?
This refers to ‘A new Panchsheel’ by C. Raja Mohan (IE, October 8). I congratulate the writer for elucidating so clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five principles, on which foreign policy now rests. Modi has injected a kind of dynamism into our external relations that has not been seen in recent times. Indian diplomacy will benefit from his fresh perspective. If implemented well, his vision could translate into a major role for India in global forums. But semantics alone won’t achieve much. The government and other agents of the state have to truly imbibe this new way of thinking.
— Parthasarathy Sen
Back in the day, we welcomed malls. We must embrace e-tailers now. In spite of a much criticised ingress, today, malls happily coexist with brick-and-mortar traders. It’s the time for e-commerce now. Luddites have no place in this century. The government must only ensure fairplay.
— R. Narayanan
The middle road
This refers to the editorial, ‘Take a step back’ (IE, October 10). Intermittent exchanges of fire between India and Pakistan do not augur well for either country. The PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto has accused India of adopting the “Israel model” in its dealings with Pakistan. The Indian government has averred that it is not the UPA, which was known for its muted responses. It is not a question of who blinks first but who takes the initiative to defuse the situation. It will take us further away from the peace that can only be brokered through diplomacy. India must not walk into the trap laid by fundamentalists on both sides. It must walk the middle road.
— Ashok Goswami
It is heartening to see that two great child rights activists have shared the 2014 Nobel prize for peace. Malala Yousafzai risked her life for educational rights for women in Pakistan while Kailash Satyarthi has devoted his life to eradicate child labour from India. The irony is that the prize comes at a time when the home countries of the winners are at loggerheads at the LoC. One hopes the two political leaderships will now make an effort to stop the bloodshed across the border.
— Kiran Jose