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US President Barack Obama should be complimented for building bridges with Muslims....


June 8, 2009 12:43:02 am

•US President Barack Obama should be complimented for building bridges with Muslims (‘America and Islam are not…’,IE,June 5). His speech in Cairo was brilliant and learned. This is a more humble US talking. There has been enough bloodshed and violence in the Middle East and it is time to heal the wounds.

However,a statement of good intentions is only the first step in building trust. Words must be backed by action and policies to ensure peace. Obama is a brilliant speaker,and he seems to be on a desperate quest to be known for his oratory. However,history

does not remember statesmen for speeches. It remembers them for their ability to deliver

results,in terms of peace or economic growth. The leaders of the Muslim world must

also realise that it takes both hands to clap.

— Rajendra K. Aneja

Dubai

Justice too

•This refers to your editorial ‘UPA 2.0’ (IE,June 5). A

democratic system that claims to be open to scrutiny and boasts of attaining a robust transparency in governance needs to strengthen all three organs of government — legislature,executive and judiciary. While the president,in her address to the joint session of Parliament,has assured the nation of monitoring progress through annual reports in education,health,employment,environment and infrastructure,she has conspicuously left out the justice delivery system,which is not only clogged with millions of pending cases but has now been attracting charges of corruption.

— Ved Guliani Hisar

Westminster & us

•This is with reference to your editorial ‘May it last’ and Meghnad Desai’s ‘Downing Street countdown” (IE,June 5). They show how differently Indian MPs and their British counterparts react to public opinion. Was it not sad that during the UPA’s previous term,budgets were passed without so much as a debate,detailed or otherwise,because of the hostile attitude of the main opposition party?

— M.K.D. Prasada Rao

Ghaziabad

Ask questions

•After the US set the ball rolling in asking China to come clear on the Tiananmen massacre,India must not let go of the opportunity. On the fateful day of June 4,1989,the People’s Liberation Army butchered so many around Tiananmen Square. At the time when communist regimes were crumbling across the globe,China nipped the voices of dissent in the bud. Since then China has consolidated its economic strength and emerged as a dominant power. It has successfully snubbed every voice questioning its human rights credentials. But it’s true that Chinese ascendancy has come at the cost of postponing or abandoning numerous dreams. The issue of Tibet is central to the Sino-Indian relationship. So far India’s silence with regard to China’s human rights record has been construed as weakness.

— Ashwani Sharma

Ghaziabad

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