As a nation that has been shown to foster and back terror, Pakistan will go to any lengths to counter us. India too must desist from fostering terror (“India’s new language of killing,” May 1). How can we take on Pakistan in the U.N. if we do the same?

Also, the statement in the article that “the authoritative South Asia Terrorism Portal database shows that violence in Jammu and Kashmir declined year-on-year from 2002 to 2013” shows that peace talks and diplomacy works.

Ibnu Mohamed,

Coimbatore

For more than 60 long years we have debated dispassionately with Pakistan on the need to shun violence and follow the path of peace. Has it helped? It has only resulted in wars being thrust on us, 26/11, and the beheading of our soldiers here and there. Let us try passion for a change. Let us “bash on regardless”, as famously put by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Let us give unadulterated nationalism a chance.

Deshabhimani Rao,

Bangalore

Our new language of killing is neither audible nor visible by our enemies, or even by our existing intelligence agencies. We are not professional enough to have premier intelligence agencies such as the CIA, MI6, KGB or Mossad. Let us evaluate our intelligence success stories since 1947. There is no substantial intelligence report which has saved our nation. The American system traced Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. And, foreign intelligence agencies have undoubtedly succeeded in straying into the Indian intelligence system.

V.V. Nair,

Manipal

Mr. Modi has nothing new to offer in terms of economic policy. Poverty alleviation is not on his agenda at all. Against this background of pursuing the same pro-rich policy like the Congress, in the event of his forming the government he needs to do something to impress and divert the attention of the people. The best option is to threaten to launch strikes against Pakistan which, apart from diverting the attention of the nation, will also fulfil his communal agenda.

A. G. Rajmohan,

Anantapur

Mr. Modi needs to rethink what he has said — it is nothing but a classic example of empty rhetoric. And given the state of our defence forces, how does he think he can do this? It is better he confines himself to his promises on development, leaving serious matters like foreign policy for a later date to be discussed in Parliament with inputs from experts.

D.V.G. Sankararao,

Nellimarla, Andhra Pradesh

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