A failed Pakistan will be an unstable state and a cause for concern for India (‘Tragedy of errors’, February 26). The situation is such that no Pakistan government can rein the horse that has gone astray. The terror groups in the country have become so powerful that they dictate terms to the government; the military, still, calls the shots.
It is unfortunate that Pakistan is stuck in a quagmire from where it could be difficult for it to escape. Even if the International Monetary Fund and the Pakistan government reach a pact, the conditions the IMF would impose may be difficult for Pakistan to accept and implement.
Laljee Verma (retired air marshal),
Your cover story is a reality check for Pakistan that it should clean its house before throwing muck on another’s house. The poor state of Pakistan’s economy was a tragedy in waiting, where the evil politicians and generals at the helm of affairs were busy plotting against India, while paying little heed to the development of their country.
The simmering hatred and a false propaganda against India has been the sole motive of the hierarchy in Pakistan, which has now led the country to starvation and misery. This is a wake-up call for the Pakistani government to amend its foreign policies and invest time and energy in sectors that could revive its economy.
I do not feel sad about the economic crisis in Pakistan. The rulers in Pakistan and their subjects are architects of their sufferings.
In spite of all the problems, there was very little resistance or protests by the whole of Pakistan against their corrupt army and government. Radicalisation and terrorism were promoted and propagated by all regimes in Pakistan. Precious and limited resources were wasted in funding state-sponsored cross-border terrorism.
Nobody values advice issued gratis. It is time the Pakistanis gave up their obsession with Kashmir and Narendra Modi—both are beyond their reach and dreams! Also, they should know that religion is a part of life, and not life in itself.
Pakistan’s economy is in a dire state, with its currency collapsing. It is always the poor and middle class that suffer. Basic necessities, such as health care and food, have become a luxury for a large chunk of the population. And the gap only widens between the rich and the poor.
The rigid constitution of Pakistan could be blamed, if no amendments are made. If the inflation rate in Pakistan goes higher, a lot of people will be forced to go to bed hungry.
I feel Modi will bail out Pakistan later this year. Only Modi can do that. Intelligent Pakistanis know that China in the long run cannot be trusted.
Modi has no problem with the people of Pakistan. And he will help them. The government of Pakistan should talk to India and seek her help. The Pakistan army has no business to dictate to its government. It is time the Pakistan government and the judiciary there took measures to limit the role of the army.
You have given an excellent presentation on Indian defence perspectives in the interview with Gen M.M. Naravane (retired), former chief, Indian Army (February 26). India’s preparations for a two-front war is described in positive ways, giving due importance to the Air Force and the Navy.
I appreciate your cover story that gave a real picture of Pakistan. It outlined the perils of nations creating disturbances in other countries’ internal affairs. The self-inflicted financial burden of Pakistan is different from the financial problems confronted by Sri Lanka.
Modi magic in Rajasthan?
The assembly elections in Rajasthan are going to become a botheration for the Congress and the BJP (‘Hopes on Modi’, February 26). Anti-incumbency and the estrangement between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot may backfire for the Congress. On the other hand, there are issues in the state unit of the BJP, which cannot be taken lightly.
However, it must be assumed that the Narendra Modi magic will save the BJP in the final stages.
Win or lose?
The BJP should be able to win Tripura once again (‘Arrested development’, February 19). The ideology of the CPI(M) has become redundant over the years. What one sees in Kerala is not the tenets of the CPI(M), which has deteriorated into merely a political party.
I wonder why the Congress has joined hands with the CPI(M) in Tripura. Many Congress leaders in the state have not forgotten the long regime of the CPI(M); they are unhappy with the alliance.
The BJP is on its way out in Tripura. People gave the BJP a decisive mandate in 2018, but their government did not take the development path. Things have not changed much in Tripura. There is a good chance of the CPI(M) getting a majority on its own.
Tough times ahead
How could Gautam Adani call the exposure of the suspicious activities of his group by the US-based Hindenburg Research an affront to the sovereignty of India (‘Course correction’, February 19).
It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to answer even a single question raised against the Adani group by the opposition parties.
A JPC probe would be the ideal route to bring out the truth about the murky deals and malfeasance of the Adani group of companies.
Tharcius S. Fernando,