Keep off

Sir, — The U.S. Ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, has short-circuited the diplomatic procedure by writing directly to the Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, and offering the FBI's services to investigate the bomb blasts in the State.

Our message to the U.S. should be unequivocal: keep off and focus on your problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

K. Rangarajan, Mumbai

Sir, — Mr. Mulford's offer may be in good faith but the approach is bad. The U.S. wants to have a say in any conflict in any part of the world. And it ends up worsening the situation. The best example is that of Palestine.

A. Krishnaiah, Tiruvallur, T.N.

Sir, — India should reciprocate Mr. Mulford's goodwill gesture by offering the services of the Home Guards to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It should write directly to Tom Ridge, its secretary.

S.K. Banerjee, Chennai

Sir, — When it came to explaining puns, our English teacher said: "An Ambassador is an honest man who lies abroad." Your editorial, "Out of order" (Oct. 8) is nothing if not a warning to Mr. Mulford. He had better understand that he is holding an august office held by such men of integrity as Chester Bowles and J.K. Galbraith.

V. Kameswaran, Chennai

Sir, — Not many would know that during the Chinese invasion of 1962, Jawaharlal Nehru was obliged to ask U.S. Ambassador J.K. Galbraith for assistance. No doubt Mr. Mulford's direct offer of FBI assistance was improper but it does not pay to be too scornful of a superpower. The official reaction has been sensibly discreet.

Tirumalai Raman, Chennai

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