June 12, 2015 12:54:33 am
Letter of the Week Award
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Letters to the Editor
With its Myanmar operation, India has successfully shed its “soft nation” image (‘Success, sobriety’, IE, June 11). However, the chest-thumping and hip-shooting over the success of the operation is unwanted and unnecessary. There is no need to “warn” Pakistan directly or indirectly. The issues involved with Pakistan are far more sensitive. However, the operation has demonstrated what two friendly, mutually respecting and understanding nations can do to wipe out cross-border terror. The influence of China over Myanmar is also said to have pushed the Myanmar government to give the green signal to the Indian operation. But India cannot rest on its laurels because NSCN-K militants may try to seek revenge.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
Though it’s heartening to see that the Indian armed forces gave a fitting reply to the insurgents, it’s worrying that the military operation is getting politicised, and that the NDA government is using it to score brownie points. Also, it is not clear whether our commandos entered Myanmarese territory, as contradictory statements are emerging from the army and politicians. Additionally, it is unwarranted to showcase this as a warning to other neighbouring countries. What we need is to devise pre-emptive strategies to thwart any counterattack from the insurgents.
Kiran Jose, Pala
Apropos ‘An untenable posture’ by Tahir Mahmood (IE, June 11), for now, it seems best not to make yoga compulsory, because such aggressive attempts will localise, rather than universalise it. Hopefully, in the long run, our education system will help us become more liberal. Opposition to yoga is irrational, and people opposing it will deny themselves the benefits of yoga.
Neeraj Takhar, Narnaul
Long road ahead
The Janata Parivar coalition in Bihar proves true the old adage, “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” (‘Social justice, the sequel’, IE, June 11). Nevertheless, the chief ministerial post will, in all probability, continue to remain a contentious issue. It is unlikely that Nitish Kumar will remain the choice of these parties, which have many leaders ready to stake a claim on the coveted post, if he makes the slightest error. Squabbling over ministerial berths can also not be ruled out.
Ketan R. Meher, Palgarh
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