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The rejection of terror in the joint statement issued after talks between Narendra Modi and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a welcome development.


Updated: August 19, 2015 12:00:11 am

Apropos ‘Modi’s UAE visit: A new chapter, a joint message to Pakistan’ (August 18), the rejection of terror in the joint statement issued after talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a welcome development. It is significant that, in spite of the UAE being one of the countries closest to Pakistan, the joint statement has in no uncertain terms condemned efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries and also to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and disputes, including in West and South Asia. This is perhaps the first time that an Islamic country has so clearly indicted Pakistan on terror.

– M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

Sheer bias

Tavleen Singh has a bias against the Nehru-Gandhi family. This is evident from ‘Dynastic tremors’ (Fifth Column, August 16). She has every right to her opinion, but to peddle it as fair and independent journalism is not correct. The first family of the Congress has to be seen in context of the Parivar of the BJP, of which she is a clear sympathiser. At least one can criticise the Gandhi family openly, but the shadowy organisations of the RSS and its multiple arms are shielded from public scrutiny. While dynastic rule is definitely undesirable in a democracy, no party except the CPM is immune from it.

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– Anthony Henriques, by email

Don’t delay

Delays and excuses are doing substantial harm to the frail veterans who are fasting for the implementation of one rank one pension. They are also damaging the morale of present and aspiring armymen. This is not good for the nation. It is hoped that steps will be taken at the highest level to stem the tide of fasts unto death. Our supreme commander and prime minister must intervene now.

– Aftab Ahmed, Ghaziabad

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