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Mend the wall

This refers to ‘Waiting for Pakistan’. True,the commerce minister’s visit to Pakistan may not have produced the desired results

Mend the wall

* This refers to ‘Waiting for Pakistan’ (IE,February 16). True,the commerce minister’s visit to Pakistan may not have produced the desired results. There are wheels within wheels in Pakistan’s polity. As advised in the editorial,India should continue to convince the Pakistan government to improve relations with us.

— Tarsem Singh New Delhi

Trade-offs

* Apropos ‘Waiting for Pakistan’,the Pakistani establishment must recognise that trade liberalisation with India could revive the country from the depths of economic collapse. Stagflation is a bigger concern in Pakistan than in India. When both have agreed to lower tariffs with other nations,it makes sense to avoid protectionism with each other. Trading directly will not only make things cheaper,but will also do away with the trip via UAE that only perpetuates middlemen.

— Sudipta Das Kolkata

Escape crossfire

* India can no longer afford to be a fence-sitter in the confrontation between Israel and Iran. We must deliver a stern message that India’s territorial sovereignty is inviolable. This is one conflict which will summon India’s diplomatic and pragmatic skills in what is going to be a strategic tightrope walk. Our government must do all it can to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

— Manas Panda New Delhi

Caught in a triangle

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* The attack on the Israeli embassy’s car couldn’t have succeeded without local support. Israel is India’s important friend in the field of security and Iran in oil. India has to handle this situation very carefully. India can ignore neither. They cannot ignore India either.

— Hansraj Bhat Mumbai

Play catch-up

* In ‘No need to envy China’ (IE,February 14),all the points stated are minuscule in comparison to China’s truly enviable growth. Like China’s autocracy,our democracy too has flaws.

— Anjaneesh P. Singh Lucknow

Lead the change

* The political situation in the Maldives is a challenge to peace and security in the region. While India’s position traditionally is to not interfere in the internal affairs of a country,other big nations like the US and the UK have not shown any inclination to influence the current events. India should take the lead to redeem democracy in the island nation and to ensure that a government comes to power through free and fair elections.

— C. Koshy John Pune

Public property

* It has been reported that during the political upheaval in the Maldives,pre-Islamic art in the National Museum has been damaged by suspected Islamist extremists. The UNESCO should look into it.

— R.J. Khurana Bhopal