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Letters to the Editor: Silver lining

What the Congress party is doing is truly frightening.

While our political parties seem to have found an opportunity to get mileage out of the mysterious destruction of a suspicious Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea on new year’s eve, the Pakistani security sources mentioned in ‘Pakistan boat trail allegedly linked to Karachi-based drug mafia’ (IE, January 5) have been unexpectedly reasonable. They realise that, given India’s 26/11 experience, the establishment can’t be blamed for reacting sharply. As of now, we don’t know the truth. The people in the boat may or may not have been terrorists. That our intelligence agencies and coast guard were able to detect and intercept the boat is a relief. They would rightly have been ruthlessly berated had another 26/11-style terror attack taken place. — M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

What the Congress party is doing is truly frightening. Such is its hatred for the BJP that it would rather side with Pakistan than accept the government’s version of what happened on the “terror boat”. If the Congress is privy to information that the government does not have, it is its patriotic duty to share it. Pakistan habitually lies about terrorism, and we must put up a united front. National interest and security should be above politics. We must not wash our dirty linen is public. This is a time for statesmen, not politicians.  — S.K. Agarwala, Delhi

A new plan
This refers to ‘FinMin to use Twitter, Facebook to push PSU disinvestment’ (IE, January 5). It is good that the government will be using social media to make a political case for disinvestment and reforms. It is sad that disinvestment is always planned for the end of the financial year, when the pressure to maintain deficit targets becomes more intense. In future, stake sales must be spaced out through the year. Further, the disinvestment agenda must be planned out and announced in advance. The current reluctance to sell government stake is inexplicable. It’s not as if stock prices are low. — K.U. Mada, Mumbai

HRD turbulence

HRD Minister Smriti Irani is a magnet for controversy. This is deeply disheartening. The row over her appointment and educational qualifications endeared her to the public. She maturely maintained that she should be judged only by her work. Enough time has passed since then and it is appropriate to now take stock. Her entanglement in scandal after scandal is of great concern. Her stewardship of the ministry leaves much to be desired. Her failures could be her party’s undoing in 2019.— S.S. Dongare, Satara