Pipeline for prosperity

Updated: Oct 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
This is with reference to your editorial ‘Gas pipe-dreams’ (Oct 26). I am unable to share the optimism and enthusiasm being shown about the prospects of an overland Iranian gas pipeline to India through Pakistan.

We need to be realistic rather than idealistic and see the ground realities. Pakistan has never been a mature democracy or a reliable state. Any guarantee given by the Pakistan government for the security of the pipeline, therefore, has no meaning. The Indus water treaty is a different case. A river cannot be sabotaged and localised controlling installations can be fully protected. But each portion of a pipeline running across hundreds of miles cannot be kept under constant vigilance.
The example of France and Germany is also irrelevant. For Pakistan will have nothing at stake while terrorists and anti-India forces in Pakistan will get a permanent tool for blackmailing India in their hands. The Pakistan government’s eagerness to implement the project is quite understandable as it will be earning about $800 million a year by way of transit fee and royalties with zero risk.
M C Joshi


More of the same
The Indo-Pak gasline project is one that the two countries should execute immediately if they want their economies to grow at the desired pace. India is presently importing 75%-80% of its liquid fuels. And the increasing oil prices are definitely going to impede the country’s development, unless it devises a mechanism to substitute oil imports with natural gas. The proposed pipeline seems promising.
Given Pakistan’s fuel requirement, it is also in their own interest to make the project happen as soon as possible for meting their own gas requirements and to earn a hefty foreign exchange by levying transit fee and royalties.
D N Raina

Corrupt nation
When India is ranked among the most corrupt nations in the world, what is the use of an education system that has failed to check corruption Colleges, universities and business schools pride themselves on their good rankings nationally or internationally. But how has this helped in reducing corruption
Educated people are supposed to be civilised and have faith in good governance. So are they not ashamed of being part of a system that is corrupt
Navin Pandya

Off-track
Having read the article ‘New SAS Motors tractor model in Maharashtra during rabi’ (Oct 25), I want to know, can some third party evalu-
ate its quality and reliability Some testing agency must actually do this evaluation.
Or else, farmers will find themselves being cheated at the
end of the day. After all, for small farmers, Rs 90,000 is
not a small sum.
However, the mission of manufacturing the cheap agriculture equipment is laudable and I congratulate the company.
Indra Roy Sharma