Dealing with Pakistan

Published - May 05, 2017 12:16 am IST


The gruesome manner in which some of our soldiers have lost their lives after attacks by Pakistan reiterates the old point — which is that we as a country take things for granted. Pakistan is a country that sustains itself with provocative acts and by unleashing terror. Much of it has to do with headline-grabbing. With Pakistan, India should do the right things at the right time. We should also sanitise up to 2 km of the border so that this area cannot be used to stage attacks on India. For this, India needs to have the will, the gumption and the ability to manage international opinion. When the U.S. can attack Syria and Afghanistan at will with the intention of “putting down terror”, why can’t we take out the terrorist camps just across the border in Pakistan?

S. Kamat,

Alto Santa Cruz, Goa

Pakistan has never been a trustworthy neighbour. One fails to understand what contribution the institution of SAARC has made to maintain cooperation among its constituent countries vis-à-vis fighting terror. Narendra Modi, immediately upon assuming charge as Prime Minister in 2014, made clear his desire for cordial relations in the neighbourhood. But the fact is that since then, ceasefire violations and soldier deaths are on the rise. Even demonetisation — one reason for which was to defeat cross-border terrorism — has not come to his rescue.

A. Jainulabdeen,


0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.