TAMIL NADU

Gross interference

Sir, — The direct communication by the United States Ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, to the Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, offering FBI help to investigate the bomb blasts in the State amounts to interference in our internal affairs.

P. Vasudev, Edapal, Kerala

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Sir, — The unwanted interference of the U.S. in our internal matters should be resisted by all. The offer of assistance is nothing but a ploy to gain a foothold in the country. Instead, the U.S. can take more effective steps to extricate itself from the mess it has got into in Iraq.

E.P. Menon, Bangalore

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Sir, — The Centre should reject the offer outright. But it is unfortunate that Mr. Gogoi has appreciated it without having any concern for the concept of sovereignty.

C.T. Suresh Kumar, Chennai

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Sir, — The letter by the U.S. Ambassador is shocking. More shocking is the reaction of Shivraj Patil, saying the letter is only a gesture of help. The External Affairs Ministry should object to the letter and insist that in future, communications of sensitive nature be routed through it.

H.V. Hande, Chennai

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Sir, — An Ambassador has no right to write to a Chief Minister directly. He is an envoy to India and not to a State. He should be forced to withdraw his letter and should be recalled.

P. Sankaranarayanan, Kochi, Kerala

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Sir, — The FBI's assistance is welcome in investigations involving international conspiracy. It should not be allowed to come anywhere near matters that are directly connected to internal security.

Deepak Kumar Vidhyarthi, Muzaffarnagar, U.P.

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Sir, — The U.S. can very well help us out during any natural calamity. But investigating militant activities in another country is a different ball game. The Americans should not underestimate Indian expertise and should extend help only if India requests assistance.

R. Prathaban, Pondicherry

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Sir, — This refers to the cartoon on the subject (Oct. 7). No doubt the Americans will link the blasts to their fight against terror, turn the Northeast into another Iraq, and become masters. History will then repeat itself and we will have to start a freedom struggle again.

S. Lakshmi Priya, Tiruchi, T.N.

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Sir, — The spurt in terrorist activity in the Northeast should be a matter of grave concern to us as well as our neighbours. India being a larger country can tackle terrorism, but the smaller nations will not be able to withstand the terror onslaught should it rebound on them. Of course, we have to put our own house in order first — by good governance, addressing local aspirations, expediting economic growth, and deporting illegal immigrants.

Air Cmde. (retd.) Raghubir Singh, Pune