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Talking points with Pakistan

Talking points with Pakistan
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First Published: Thu, Jul 23 2009. 11 31 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 23 2009. 11 31 PM IST
On the economic front, Pakistan has less than nothing to lose (“Foreign policy doldrums”, Mint, 20 July). To cover its economic incompetence, it periodically shows off nuclear toys and unleashes terror to impress its people. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seems to have played his cards right by pumping Pakistan’s ego to make it feel like a victor while at the same time making it culpable. If Pakistan has proof of India’s hand in Balochistan, India is obliged to clarify. Singh’s refusal would have confirmed India’s involvement. Pakistan has not gained an upper hand, whereas India has won the point. Despite diplomatic peddling, India has not been able to pin down Pakistan on various issues so far. Maybe Singh’s straight talk can.
— Inderjit
Gautam Bhatia presents a very well-articulated and well-woven perspective in “A big no to Tata Nano” (Mint, 20 July) on why the Nano will end up being just like any other product in the market.
Bhatia brings in the point about hybrid cars, energy-efficient technologies and optimized pricing.
However, when we discuss the expectations from the Tata Nano, we need to understand the reason for its genesis: The Nano is anticipated to be a poor man’s Toyota—a car that brings cheer to a larger Indian lower middle-class cohort. We, therefore, need to delineate greater expectations out of this creation.
That said, the author’s point about focusing on engineering cars that address macro issues such as the depletion of fossil fuel, fuel-efficient systems, or ergonomic design, for example, need to be taken up as a research and development project. This is not for Tata alone, but for the automotive sector in general—as a payback for all the pollution that cars manufactured by them cause.
— Vijaya Raaghavan Narasimhan
In your Quick Edit “Guilty as charged” (Mint, 21 July), you have rightly pointed out that hardly any terrorist confesses to heinous crimes. Maybe one of the reasons Mohammed Ajmal Kasab confessed in court was that the special court played the video coverage of the Mumbai terror attack.
People hope that after his confession, the trial will conclude soon and the verdict will be quickly delivered. Like you, I’m also hoping that the Indian justice system doesn’t work at a snail’s pace.
Also, to quell terrorism, we must take a leaf out of Chanakya’s book—1,000 years ago, he stated that the conspirators of any crime are even more guilty than the murderers themselves.
Therefore, based on Kasab’s confession, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government should look at the roots of this heinous crime.
With help from Pakistan, the UPA government can destroy terrorist dens for the safety and peace of the subcontinent.
— Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee
While the last five years have seen a dramatic mushrooming of universities to meet demand, the quality of education and lack of infrastructure and research collaboration are some elements that need to be monitored closely to match international benchmarks (“Teaching good regulation,” Mint, 20 July).
The dilemma in India is the blatant misuse of certification, regulation and accreditation to connote separate contexts depending on the situation.
Globally, there are multiple independent accreditation agencies in most countries that carry out the accreditation process.
Uniquely, in India, there are plenty of gaps. What we need today are multiple accreditation bodies based on the domains and skills at national and state levels.
Even if we take one small step in this direction, India could benefit a lot in the long run.
— Lokesh Mehra
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First Published: Thu, Jul 23 2009. 11 31 PM IST