I greatly liked Omkar Goswamis column Good cheer from the US (Sept 16). I agree with his assessment and, more importantly, his conclusion about appearing conciliatory while preserving a low profile on outsourcing. But we have to fight serious political mischief.
Prakash Hebalkar, on e-mail
Allies Against Terror
Please refer to the Monday Page interview with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharons chief spokesman, Colonel Raanan Gissin (Sept 15). The interview is probably the first of its kind to appear in FE columns and is refreshing in its candour. The whole exercise has primarily to be viewed in the context of Indias need to become an active combatant in the global war against terror instead of restricting its focus to Kashmir and some other parts of the country. Whether trade has become globalised or not, terrorism has assumed a global form at a faster pace; one can expect a terrorist attack at any point in the globe and at anytime.
Though there have been no terrorist attacks on US soil after September 11, 2001, largely because of the stern measures taken by the Bush government, terrorist networks worldwide are still intact. The war in Iraq has given them a rallying point besides other perpetual areas of conflict like Kashmir, Chechnya and Palestine. Technological gizmos and tools of globalisation such as cell and sat phones, e-mail and international banking services have been used against the very concept of globalisation.
Ironically, it seems that globalisation is carrying its own self-destruct mechanism. As implied by Colonel Gissin, it would be a wise course for India to join hands with Israel (and US) countries which have the same value systems like democracy, freedom of speech, independent judiciary etc in the fight against global terrorism.
Kangayam R Rangaswamy, Madison, USA
Investing In Kashmir
With reference to the lead article by Sanjaya Baru Turnaround time in J&K (September 12), the situation in Kashmir, particularly after the recent elections and the assumption of power by the new government, has proved to the world that the state is a sample of the success of Indian democracy. The Kashmiri people, in general, are desperately seeking normalcy and the restoration of peace for the development of tourism through investment in infrastructure development.
A ray of hope lies in the optimistic outlook of Kashmiris who want prosperity linked with the Indian sub-continent. Hence, the government of India and the Indian people must invest along with Muftis government in power, in handicrafts, in the carpet industry and other infrastructure in J&K to provide ample opportunities of employment for the youth on the one hand, and to give a severe blow to the separatist movement, on the other.
R N Lakhotia, on e-mail