The Hawkin-Milner Initiative, as described in Is anyone out there? (16-31 August, 2015) by Rakesh Kalshian, is akin to an ant's effort to grasp the expanse of an ocean. Such an initiative holds no promise for the future till its protagonists appreciate the timemeasurement difference between the Earth's denizens and that of the extra terrestrials (ETs). We measure the distance of stars in light years. So the time gap between any two signals may be many light years. Even if we devote our lifetime in monitoring the signals from the ETs, we may not get anything and consequently may come up with absurd conclusions which would mislead our future generations. If at all we want to make contact with the ETs, we may have to establish a base on some star, and such an idea at this juncture is far-fetched.
L R SHARMA