Keep them apart
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Keep them apart
This refers to 'Caving in' (IE, January 17). It is shameful that the Shiv Sena should have forced the Pakistani hockey players to return home in retaliation to the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani army. Sports should not be made the scapegoat of worsening relations between India and Pakistan. It seems to have helped reduce tension between the two countries, especially cricket. By protesting against the participation of Pakistani players in the Women's Cricket World Cup, to be held in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena seems to be provoking conflict. The BCCI should not succumb to the Sena's pressure. Sports should not be equated with politics, it should be encouraged.
— R.K. Kapoor
Tread with caution
THE situation on the LoC is grave, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta advises restraint in his article ('The reality principle', IE, January 17). Salman Khurshid seems to be on the same page, but Sushma Swaraj has resorted to jingoism by asking for "10 heads" from Pakistan. Sending back hockey players, cancelling cultural events or the visa-on-arrival facility are no more than expressions of frustration. The only way for both countries to become good neighbours is to continue the dialogue started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However slow its progress, dialogue is the only alternative.
— V.N. Arora
THIS refers to 'Next time, don't walk away' (IE, January 16). Madhu Kishwar's suggestion of inclusive neighbourhoods is an excellent one. It would be good to have meetings for teenagers on how to deal with eve-teasing. At the village level, there should be forums for girls where they are encouraged to speak up. Cases of harassment should not be allowed to go unnoticed. Through these small measures, Indian women could voice their concerns.
— Nikita Kaushal
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