Bumbling Along

first_imgOn the DefensiveComparing military intelligence (MI) to IB and RAW is unfair and unrealistic (“Intelligence Failure”, June 14). While IB and RAW have a clear mandate of procuring internal and external intelligence, MI has neither the mandate nor the resources for procuring intelligence. Also, defence forces depend on RAW for,On the DefensiveComparing military intelligence (MI) to IB and RAW is unfair and unrealistic (“Intelligence Failure”, June 14). While IB and RAW have a clear mandate of procuring internal and external intelligence, MI has neither the mandate nor the resources for procuring intelligence. Also, defence forces depend on RAW for external intelligence and IB for internal security-related information.Additionally, border surveillance is the responsibility of field formations deployed in a particular sector. There is definitely a need to restructure the existing MI setup in order to make it capable of meeting the defence requirements independently. Moreover,this should not be the time to do a performance audit.Brigadier (Retd) S.C. Jolly, NoidaYour article on the failure of our various agencies in detecting the large-scale infiltration at an early stage reflects very poorly on those in charge of national security. It is also an eye opener for us since it shows how the lack of political stability, lack of consensus on national issues and lack of accountability puts the nation in such dangerous situations. We live on hope and believe in fate.R.S. Kannan, SingaporeShooting Off Their MouthsThe congress reaction to kargil has been shocking and shameful (“Sniper Fire”, June 14). After losing to Pakistan strategic territories which the gallant soldiers won with their blood in the 1965 and 1971 wars, through the Tashkent and Simla agreements, the Congress has no moral right to speak on the Kargil tragedy. After all it is the bungling of the Kashmir issue and the policy of appeasement of the so-called minorities by the Congress that has brought things to such a pass.A.K. Sharma, ChandigarhCampus CapersThe college survey and the methodology adopted to analyse them has many shortcomings (“Top 10 Colleges”, June 14). Most of the respondents interviewed were from the metros. Besides, several colleges which merited a place among the best were neglected.advertisementI suggest that instead of selecting 10 colleges based on some group discussion, you should come up with a broader range that would allow a more representative survey of the colleges of the country.Prashant Saraswat, on e-mailCricket: C’mon, it’s just a GameThe cricket fever gripping the nation and the dismal performance of our team in the World Cup only show how pampered and overrated our cricketers are (“Cricket Crazy”, June 14). If practice makes one perfect, our cricketers ought to have been practising the game and honing their skills instead of selling soft drinks, shoes, shirts and sundry. Had this been done we’d have won the World Cup effortlessly and the cricket craze in the nation would have had some justification. I suggest cricketers should be banned from endorsing consumer goods.T.N. Misra, LucknowUndoubtedly an indulgence in sports is a worthwhile way of achieving the oft-repeated maxim – a healthy mind in a healthy body.But don’t we stretch it a bit too far with our lopsided involvement with the game of cricket? Most cricket fans even seemed insensitive to the bereavement of their idol Sachin Tendulkar. Consider the manhours that get wasted during the matches. Complete paralysis grips the nation – offices bear a desolate look with the cricket-crazy staff either glued to transistors or on leave to watch matches at home. Can we afford to waste so much money and time?Anuradha, Chandigarh Your ranking of the colleges, based on interviews, is not very fair. These may be the most popular but not the country’s top colleges. What we expect is a comprehensive ranking based on facts such as student facilities, campus placement, faculty-student ratio, standard of the pass-outs in the industry, research projects, infrastructure, amount spent per student, class strength, curriculum, teaching methods and the experience of the staff. This can be supported by an on-the-spot assessment by a qualified team.Anand Gopalan, MumbaiHome TruthThe issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin seems to be limited only to urban areas (“All Roads Lead to Rome”, June 7).The underprivileged couldn’t care less about her origins. All they see is someone who can improve their quality of life.Whether Sonia, if elected, can deliver is debatable, but the BJP should not raise this issue. If it can improve the standard of rural life, let them make that their manifesto.N. Kumar, CalcuttaPolitics of DramaThe recent emotion-packed melodrama that unfolded in Delhi has severely damaged the already tattered image of the Congress (“Quitting to Conquer”, May 31).This was not the time for Congressmen to bring up the issue of Sonia’s “foreign born” status.Given that the issue had been raised, it was an inappropriate way for a CWC president to react.advertisementInstead of getting emotionally overwhelmed by the situation and submitting a resignation letter, which subsequently led to the expulsion of senior members, a shrewd politician would have tried to resolve the matter behind closed doors and keep the party unified.Swapna B. Batabyal, Logan, UtahThe Better Team Now that we are out of the World Cup, people will concentrate more on the war in Kargil (“Blasting Peace”,June 7). Our soldiers are fighting at 17,000 ft where temperatures range from minus 5 to minus 30 degrees Celsius. The cricketers were routed while playing in better conditions. If killed in action, an IAF pilot gets around Rs 2 lakh in compensation. Our cricketers get an equivalent amount or more as tournament fee, not to speak of the money they get through endorsements and ads. People offered pujas and observed fasts so India could win the Cup. Has anyone cared to do anything for the valiant soldiers? The least the Indian team can do is send all the awards and match fees to the Army Relief Fund. Parvez, on e-mailwrongly Plane FactsYour story wrongly states that the Haryana Government flew BJP leader Sushma Swaraj from Shimla to Delhi at state expense (“Friends in Need”, June 14).Swaraj did use a Haryana state plane on May 20, 1999. But a bill amounting to Rs 17,500 was made in her name and she paid the amount promptly through a cheque in the first week of June itself. In fact state aircraft have been used by VIPs for non-official purposes and they have been billed similarly.It’s a different matter that many of these VIPs, including former chief ministers, have not paid the bills for the past several years.Director, Public Relations, HaryanaClarificationIn our cover story, the map of Kashmir was not to scale (“The Marathon War”, June 21). Therefore, the Line of Control as shown in the map may not conform to the actual LoC.last_img

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