F-16 sale to Pak questionable
Apropos of the media reports indicating that US state agency Pentagon has opined that the sale of F-16 jets should not be of concern to India (February 17), it has come as a bolt from the blue for every peace-loving Indian. How can India remain oblivious of the ground realities and be unconcerned with this highly dangerous deal which can clearly be termed as an anti-India stance by the US? It is not as if the US is supplying eight of its F-16 fighter planes to incorrigible Pakistan for the latter’s children to play with them in the public parks. Why has US president Obama been falsely claiming that the US is an all-time strategic ally of India? Frankly speaking, his tall words do not match his actions. Needless to say, PM Modi should personally take this serious issue up with Obama on a priority basis. In all fairness, if the US really values its “relationship” with India, this sale should be urgently blocked.
Kumar Gupt, Panchkula
The ambitious Make-in-India week-long programme in the commercial capital of the country is a good and welcome initiative by government of India to showcase the country’s talent, skill and expertise. The country should progressively move from being a subsidised economy to a major manufacturing hub along with the lines of China. Full marks to the prime minister for successfully able to change the India’s image as a good, efficient, responsive, innovative and happening country. It is necessary to create a climate of confidence and hope and remaining things will then follow automatically. Organising this summit at Mumbai is the fittest thing ever as Mumbai is the gateway to India.
Srinivasan Umashankar, Nagpur