Si­achen Sell- off

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The in­tent of a peace ini­tia­tive by a uni­ver­sally recog­nised and proven rogue state like Pak­istan can hardly be any­thing but hon­est (“Blood Pol­i­tics On Si­achen”, May 14). Sal­toro Ridge in Si­achen is un­der the In­dian Army’s full op­er­a­tional and strate­gic con­trol. So, Pak­istan’s of­fer of with­drawal bears no rel­e­vance. What is re­ally dis­turb­ing is the seem­ingly never- end­ing over­tures of our clean and ‘ peace- lov­ing’ Prime Min­is­ter to pocket that one peace tro­phy that he os­ten­si­bly seeks at the twi­light of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer— not­with­stand­ing Pak­istan’s dis­mal record pre- and post- 26/ 11. AN­JUM M. SA­MUEL , Mum­bai It is easy to un­der­stand why Gen­eral Kayani wants to “peacefully” re­solve the Si­achen is­sue. Clearly, we have a strate­gic ad­van­tage and it is a wor­ri­some fact that the Pak­istani Army can seize the Sal­toro Ridge in 48 hours while it’ll take us al­most a week, should we de­mil­i­tarise it. Since the cost of re- de­ploy­ment would cost In­dia even more to re­gain this strate­gic height, it seems to be a fool­ish idea to give up Si­achen, that too given the large trust deficit we still have with Pak­istan. The sounds of re­morse and peace from Pak­istan still sound like a wolf’s plea in a lamb’s cloth­ing. VI­JAY VALLURI, www.in­to­day.com With Pak­istan hav­ing trag­i­cally lost 140 sol­diers in an avalanche that hit the Pak­istani side of the Si­achen Glacier re­cently,

it is on ex­pected lines that it is re­it­er­at­ing its call for de­mil­i­tari­sa­tion of the glacier. With our Prime Min­is­ter be­ing large­hearted and sym­pa­thetic, it is hardly sur­pris­ing that he is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing con­ced­ing to Pak­istan’s pro­posal. The mil­i­tari­sa­tion of the glacier has un­doubt­edly been the worst fall­out of the Indo- Pak con­flict, for more lives have been lost on ei­ther side of the bor­der be­cause of its acutely in­hos­pitable ter­rain and hos­tile weather con­di­tions than through ac­tual combat be­tween the two coun­tries. NALINI VIJAYARAGHAVAN, Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram

Killer Love

Im­moral­ity in so­cial life ul­ti­mately leads to dis­as­ter and painful con­se­quences for the ones in­volved and their fam­i­lies (“Love and Mur­der in Bhopal”, May 14). The story is a sad cul­mi­na­tion of a love tri­an­gle that had all the in­gre­di­ents of a po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe— jeal­ousy, power- driven lust and, of course, loads of decadence. NAINA NARANG, Pa­tiala Zahida Parvez seems to have been com­pletely blinded by her lust­loaded love for BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh, son of the for­mer chief min­is­ter of Mad­hya Pradesh and Bi­har gov­er­nor Govind Narayan Singh. It is un­for­tu­nate that she acted the way she did and it is also rather dis­heart­en­ing to see our politi­cians be­ing em­broiled in con­tro­ver­sies re­lated to their love lives ever so of­ten. RISHI SEN, Kolkata

Dam­age Con­trol

Opium is a use­ful herb used as an ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in many ayurvedic and home­opa­thy medicines— par­tic­u­larly for re­duc­ing stress and in­duc­ing sleep. (“Opium Smug­gling Hits New High”, May 14). To check smug­gling, the land should be leased out to cor­po­rate units on sub­stan­tial lease rentals who, in turn, would be re­quired to keep track of pro­duc­tion and re­veal de­tails of it to gov­ern­ment agen­cies, so that the mis­use of the prod­uct could be checked. V. K. TAN­GRI, Dehradun

Meerut Mas­sacre

The grue­some mas­sacre of 50 men in Meerut in 1987 needs to be in­ves­ti­gated im­me­di­ately and the guilty should be given the most strin­gent pun­ish­ment (“End­less Wait for Killer State”, May 14). Strict ac­tion is the only way to pacify the af­fected fam­i­lies and give them some much needed so­lace. Be­sides, gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial aid ought to be given to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims to help them re­cover from the trauma. P. SAINATH, Chen­nai The story on the mas­sacre of Hashim­pura seems to de­lib­er­ately skirt the role of then Union min­is­ter of state for home P. Chi­dambaram. This is one as­pect of the grue­some event that has fre­quently been talked about, but rarely writ­ten in the main­stream me­dia. Subra­ma­nian Swamy, though, has con­sis­tently em­pha­sised on this vi­tal el­e­ment of the story. MO­HAM­MAD MAN­ZOOR ALAM, Delhi

Dance Drama

I would re­quest Gopal Gandhi to per­suade Leela Sam­son to stay on as di­rec­tor of Kalak­shetra and re­solve what­ever is­sues led to her res­ig­na­tion with di­a­logue (“The Dance of Con­tro­versy”, May 14). Sam­son was a breath of fresh air— an ex­cel­lent ad­min­is­tra­tor as well as a skilled ex­po­nent of her art. Above all, she gave up her own suc­cess­ful ca­reer to ded­i­cate all her time and en­ergy to Kalak­shetra. MEGHANA. A, UK

Suc­ces­sor Saga

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the young guns fare, if Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi does ac­tu­ally go on to re­place Hamid An­sari as vice- pres­i­dent (“To Delhi, via Guwa­hati”, May 14). The go­ing may not be all that easy in spite of the clout that the Congress cur­rently has in the state. DILEEP KALITA, Tezpur

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