After the Nagrota attack
The much-publicised surgical strikes to avenge Pathankot and Uri do not seem to have acted as a deterrent to fidayeen attacks on India’s military installations. The Nagrota attack following the same modus operandi as the previous ones was no less audacious than them. It occurred within days of defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s braggadocio that Pakistan ‘begged’ India to spare it the fierce attacks. It is simplistic to deduce that the latest attack could have been averted, but for the chinks in the security system at the military bases. Even the implementation of the tri-services committee to beef up security would not have guaranteed security at the Indo-Pak border. The attackers who come prepared to lay down their lives are not easily prevented from breaching the security cordons in the difficult mountain terrain. Jingoism, sabre-rattling and bellicosity serve no useful purpose. Now it is a lose-lose situation for India and Pakistan. The futility of continuing the hostility is yet to dawn on both the countries. War is not an option for nuclear-armed neighbours. The realisation that dialogue is the only option available to them to settle the differences and disputes holds the key to the avoidance of further bloodshed and the normalisation of relations.
G David Milton, Maruthancode
Tech for greater good
Apropos of your edit on brain-mapping being used to treat phobias (December 2), it has to be said that we are in the golden age of science and technology. We have moved past the destructive technologies that were the focus of WWII super-powers, into an age of benign discoveries and inventions, ones that are making life easier for people. However, the next generation of technological innovation and inventions needs to focus on making things more accessible for people at large; that is, making the fruits of scientific developments of the present and the future reach the last-mile.
Sumona Pal, Kolkata