America unwelcome

Sir, — I disagree with Raghav Venkatesh's letter `America Welcome' (Feb. 14). Facts prove that the U.S. has never really been a loyal and sincere friend. In fact, its recent actions have been arbitrary and intolerant.True, its role has changed in the post-Cold War period but the change has not been positive with regard to the developing world.

As a result, we cannot afford to be complacent with America's presence in our neighbourhood. As regards India being a natural ally of the U.S. (because of its democratic principles), it is well known that the U.S. has been a better friend to many autocratic regimes such as Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is sincere and loyal only to its hegemonic interests, which is not beneficial to other countries.

Sharanya G. Ranga, Bangalore

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