Letters to the editor
It is really interesting to note that the visit of the US President Barack Obama has been accompanied with many firsts. This is the first time a US president is the chief guest on our Republic day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a departure from the protocol to receive him and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Palam Air Force base. Wing Commander Pooja Thakur became the first woman to lead the ceremonial tri-service guard of honour inspected by Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. It is also laudable that everything connected with the visit of the dignitaries, both personal as well as official including the security arrangements has gone very well in the most appreciable manner and without any hitch or untoward incident. If only the originally scheduled visit of the President and First Lady to the Taj Mahal had materialised, the sojourn would have ended in a perfect finale.
Now that the Indo-US nuclear 123 deal has been fully operationalised, the Left parties should not lose time in mobilising the public opinion against it. The sensitivity of the Indian communists over the issue was amply demonstrated when the Left Front, in 2008, withdrew the outside support they had extended to the UPA government over the matter. Mass demonstrations, meetings, submission of memoranda to the government and seeking the backing of other opposition groups in Parliament should form the main thrust of their agitation against the Indo-US nuclear deal, that is, if they still see it to be against Indian interest.
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