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Is it not a bygone issue as detailed by the Mahajan Commission in the ‘60s? Unfortunately,Maharashtra politicians are re-opening a Pandora’s Box prior to the elections....

January 29, 2009 1:58:37 am

The resurfacing of the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute is unfortunate (‘Border row lays out in BJP…’,IE,January 21). Is it not a bygone issue as detailed by the Mahajan Commission in the ‘60s? Unfortunately,Maharashtra politicians are re-opening a Pandora’s Box prior to the elections. What is more shocking is that the people of Belgaum,the disputed area,are a part of Karnataka regardless of their language. The case now rests with the Supreme Court and Maharastra’s powerful shouldn’t take the law into their hands.

— Shekar A. Barkur

Dombivli West

 

One way out

Muammar Qaddafi’s ‘This land is your land…’ (IE,January 27) may well provide a solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis. The solution is now no longer with Palestinians or Israelis themselves. The crisis has generated an international dimension,largely due to US support for Israel. Libya,no longer an international pariah,has a crucial role to play as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. It can voice the concerns of the Arab world.

— Manzaruzzama

New Delhi

 

Hooligans Inc

Is the Mangalore pub attack symptomatic of the Talibanisation of India (‘Girls,interrupted’ IE,January 27)? How else are we to construe the periodic hooliganism of the rightwing moral police? The proliferation of these groups is alarming. These self-proclaimed bigots are actually hypocrites.

— Dilbag Rai

Chandigarh

 

While we debate the cultural fallout of pubs,the manner in which “non-traditionalists” are treated needs legal intervention. The Sri Rama Sene’s misdeed was a violation of individual liberty and person. The episode might have been a cheap publicity stunt. One also feels alarmed at news of trouble from various quarters of Karnataka that seem to have communal overtones. Is it the party in power that’s to blame or everybody together?

— Bichu Muttathara

Pune

Good start

Barack Obama has begun well vis-à-vis India. This is obvious from his Republic Day message to the Indian president. Further,his warning to Pakistan demonstrates how keen he is on countering terrorism. His deputy,Joe Biden,too has asked Pakistan to step up its counter-terror operations.

— R.J. Khurana Bhopal

Opportunity in crisis

Ila Patnaik’s ‘Governor’s choice’ (IE,January 23) sounded the death knell for an economy on the verge of recession. Interest rate cuts did not translate into cheaper loans and credit rates despite the RBI’s attempts. The real aim is to restore confidence,which can’t be built overnight. However,the crisis offers a wonderful opportunity for bringing the majority of poor into mainstream economic activity.   

— Ashwani Sharma

Ghaziabad

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