December 22, 2014 12:28:32 am
This refers to ‘Isro does it again: India’s biggest rocket GSLV Mark III launched successfully’ (IE, December 19). While Isro’s success in testing the GSLV Mk III launch vehicle for placing heavy (four tonne) geostationary satellites into high-altitude (36,000 km) orbit is praiseworthy, it is high time it develops the capability to launch a constellation of low-orbit satellites, which are lighter and capable of providing broadband connectivity to the remotest corner of the country, an essential prerequisite for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision. The national optical fibre project, which is progressing at a snail’s pace, is not the right technology for hilly and inaccessible areas. There is no alternative to satcom technology for such areas.
— R.R.N. Prasad (Gurgaon)
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This refers to ‘Words that sparked the ideas’ (IE, December 16), which mentioned the book, Taqat ka Istemal Quran ki Roshni Mein by Abdul Aleem Islahi, who later broke with the Jamaat-e-Islami. But the analysis ignores all the books published by the Jamaat-e-Islami that support communal harmony and speak against any type of violence. It was also asserted that the “Jamaat-e-Islami bi-weekly newspaper Dawat called on Indian Muslims to support [the] Islamic State, arguing that this was a religious obligation.” But there was no mention of the clarification that Dawat carried in its next issue or of the stand that it took on the IS in its many other issues. I don’t know whether this was deliberate, but the piece would have spread the false idea that the Jamaat-e-Islami and Dawat call on Indian Muslims to support the IS. This is simply not true.
— Ali Firdos Akhter (Kolkata)
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This refers to the editorial, ‘Government’s burden’ (IE, December 19). It is not fair to say that the running of Parliament is only the government’s responsibility. I agree that there are loose cannons in the ruling party who need to be reined in, but it is not necessary for the prime minister to comment on every issue raised by the opposition. It has become a norm in India for the opposition to block every move of the government and try to embarrass it. The opposition does not want Parliament to function because it sees the passing of legislation as a feather in the cap of the ruling party. It can then say that the ruling party has failed to do anything for the country.
— Niranjan Solanki (Vadodara)
The vicious cycle Pakistan is caught in will take time to break out of. Rooting out the extremists patronised for over four decades is a tough task.
— Shrihari Ambatwar (Nanded)
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