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Never again

The door to the delivery of justice in the post-Godhra riots cases has at last been opened with 31 people being sentenced for the Sardarpura massacre.

Written by The Indian Express |
November 19, 2011 3:09:57 am

Never again

* The door to the delivery of justice in the post-Godhra riots cases has at last been opened with 31 people being sentenced for the Sardarpura massacre. The survivors will never be able to erase the memory of what befell them and their loved ones. Yet,every one of us could help in softening the sharpness of their agony by vowing never to allow ourselves to be roused to hatred and violence.

— R.P. Subramanian,New Delhi

Pacific plans

* Apropos the editorial ‘Return to Oz’ (IE,November 18),it is an apt suggestion that India must recognise the importance of its role in Asia’s security framework and take necessary measures in this regard. China is taking aggressive postures in the South China Sea. The US too has initiated efforts to increase its presence in the region. Its strategic treaties with Australia are just the first few steps. India should wake up to the changing power equations in the region.

— Sharda Bhargav,Jalandhar

Blue waters

* While it is too premature to talk of a fresh Cold War — this time the nations of the world gathered round the two poles of the US and China — it cannot hurt to begin strategising for the future (‘Return to Oz’,IE,November 18). China’s rise,with heavy investments in its military through an undisclosed budget,cannot be dismissed as altogether benign. That’s why countries of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia are nervous. The Southeast Asian states are too dependent on China for trade,but at the same time,they are increasingly irritated by and afraid of the Chinese navy’s muscle-flexing. No wonder,Washington has pounced upon this opportunity and threat. India shouldn’t waste time in moving ahead.

— Nigel Gomes,Kolkata

Quartering UP

* The proposal to split Uttar Pradesh into four states may be seen as a brilliant move by some,while others would view it as part of Mayawati’s divide-and-rule tactics (‘Four-state solution’,IE,November 16). She has proposed that the gigantic state be carved into four for the sake of better administration. She has a point. Four states would mean four new capitals,and the infrastructure that will be put in place for the development of these areas could prove to be a boon for the people. Still,one would do well to remember that smaller states do not necessarily mean better governance. Also,the current UP’s clout in national politics would be drastically reduced after the divisions. It would also add fuel to the demands for Gorkhaland and Telangana.

— Pachu Menon,Goa

Fishing for cash?

* This refers to the editorial ‘No bailout’ (IE,November 15). The editorial has rightly pointed out that the promoters should clean up the mess created by irresponsible management. One would agree that there has to be market discipline. Bailing out the ailing Kingfisher airlines will send the wrong signal to the aviation sector. The government is already burdened by the Maharaja riding piggyback on taxpayers. So let Kingfisher catch its own fish.

— V. Subramanyan,Dombivli

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