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Keep ‘em out

India’s refusal to induct China into the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium was prompt.

Written by The Indian Express | April 25, 2009 1:11:28 am

• India’s refusal to induct China into the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium was prompt. China is not only a future rival but also an inevitable threat. Its conspicuous ambition is to checkmate the Indian navy out of the Indian Ocean. Besides,China’s economic might implies most countries in the region will gravitate towards it. India’s objective therefore should be to engage with these states. The Indian Ocean is our backyard and essential to our interests. Even as China builds its blue-water navy,we must lose no time in curtailing its growing influence.

— Mathew Oommen

Pune

Future imperfect

• A politics of compromise creates a grim state of developmental affairs. Our experience of coalition government has not only been destroying parties’ ideological moorings but also jeopardising economic reforms. The ongoing elections,unfortunately,will bring in a fresh coalition and the next government will also be run by compromises — a concession here,an appeasement there. How will that allow the administration to focus on the economy and security?

— Ved Guliani

Hisar

Task No1

• This refers to the report ‘Suspected Naxals hold train…’. Naxalites are causing havoc despite security forces being expected to be on high alert during the elections. Apart from the dearth of security personnel,it’s obvious that Maoists have grown exponentially in terms of manpower,weaponry,planning and intelligence. They successfully launch hit-and-run attacks and inflict heavy damage. There’s a leap in police and civilian casualties. Whichever bloc comes to power in New Delhi,it will have to assign top priority to eliminating the Maoists.

— R.J. Khurana

Bhopal

Make a move

• Military strategists of powerful countries show surprise at the incursions made by the Taliban in Pakistan. Rapid advances by the Taliban towards the Pakistani capital have raised serious doubts about the ability of the Pakistani armed forces and government to save themselves,let alone defeat the militants. It’s time Pakistan stopped deluding itself and moved its troops away from the Indian border.

— Arun Malankar

Mumbai

Mulayam’s promise

• The Samajwadi Party’s election manifesto is riddled with strange and silly promises. Does the party take its own declared agenda seriously? If not,the electorate will have reasons to be scared. If the SP shares power at the Centre,it plans to work against education in English and the use of computers. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s smug emphasis on the use of Indian languages in public spaces replacing English paints him and his party in a very unflattering light in the age of information technology. The proposal of substituting human hands and heads for computers is equally absurd. If given the chance,and if the SP follows its agenda,it will certainly take India back to the Stone Age. The most populous state in the Union,and the Union as a whole,deserve anything but that.

— Dilbag Rai

Chandigarh

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