• India is still coping with the terror menace. Terrorism has goaded us into the new year,with the serial blasts in Guwahati killing five innocents and leaving 50 injured. The attack coincides with the maiden visit of Union home minister P. Chidambaram to take stock of security situation in the insurgency-ravaged state.
The Guwahati blasts took place when the wounds of Mumbai carnage had barely healed,thus exposing our security lapses and intelligence failures yet again. Now it is clear India cannot overcome terror threats until it takes a real hard look at its security and intelligence apparatuses.
Abdun Nasir Ali
Wait not,want not
• This refers to the editorial,India waiting. The frustration and worries of New Delhi over the US not exerting the required pressure on Pakistan to contain terrorists operating from there are genuine. It has been correctly pointed out that the US is in a strong position to use its economic aid leverage to make Pakistan fall in line. However,what India forgets is that at present the USs top priority is to shore up its efforts to contain the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. Its verbal support to India in the wake of the Mumbai blasts is perhaps meant to overwhelm and suck India into the quagmire of its war on terror in that country. We must stop looking to the US to bat for us,and instead follow a policy framed to guard our security interests on our own.
Satwant Kaur Mahilpur
Rhetoric no substitute
• It is really surprising that India should expect the US to shout for justice on our behalf. The USs power to save the crumbling economy of Pakistan and the latters tactics to blackmail the US vis-a-vis Afghanistan is an issue between them. If we wish the US and Pakistan to help us eliminate terrorism from the sub-continent,we must use our own leverage to force them into substantial action. To be frank,our foreign policy on this has been unrealistic.
Why should the world come forward to tame the ISI or al-Qaeda when we,the sufferers,have not done our best to deter the menace emanating from them? Let us for once learn to take action instead of using rhetorical diplomacy and propagating ourselves as a peace-loving nation,at such cost of our internal security.
Ved Guliani Hisar
• After Jammu & Kashmirs successful elections and installing of a new government,the results of Bangladesh elections should bring us further cheer. India is surrounded by hostile,insecure or unstable neighbours. Under the military regime the country was a conduit for terrorists,militants,contrabands and counterfeit currency coming to India. The destabilisation of North-East was another fallout of such a neighbouring government. With Sheikh Hasina in the saddle now,it will be in our interest to help the country,by aiding it economically,to take on the fundamentalists.
Anil P. Bagarka Mumbai