Peace, a lost cause
I wish to tell him that I have always
ended up being an odd man out when-
ever I bring up the topic of American
foreign policies and wars to my
Republican Congressman at his town
hall meetings. His security detail
plants himself in my vicinity because I
am the only one who raises anti-war
questions, to the Congressman’s cha-
grin. In addition, when I write to my
local right-wing paper, it never gets
published if they are related to war or
foreign policy. Some of my Indian-
American friends find it over the top
when I share my anti-war and foreign
policy sentiments in my e-mails to
them, because most are directly or
indirectly employed by defense-related
industries. To them it is perfidious to
bite the hand that feeds them.
I set foot in the US in the middle of
the Vietnam war. I used to witness
many protests, ones much bigger than
the present Occupy Wall Street
protests. Subsequent wars did not
draw in many protesters, and the
activists were not as ferocious because
the casualties were much smaller. The
impetus to protest waned because the
narratives given for high-tech warfare
and its consequences seem much more
palatable to citizens. Moreover, the
ferocity displayed by the riot police
drove the protesters to cover.
It is a lost cause to fight against wars
and foreign policies as they are never
going to change as long as America competes
for pre-eminence in greed and power.
America’s foreign policies are crafted on the
premise that God has chosen Americans to
mandate the world order, and that if they do
not follow that stricture with messianic zeal;
they will be face the apocalypse on earth and
final judgment in the heaven. Therefore,
wars are blessings in disguise for many individuals, corporations and those countries trying to generate employment, revenue in arm
So much for separation of church and state.
Isaac A Samuel
UMI T BEK TAS/REU TERS
Soldiers carry a wounded comrade after an IED explosion in Logar province,
eastern Afghanistan, November 21.
a lost cause
Some time back I had written to India
Abroad asserting that India should not send
millions of dollars (a billion, at the last reckon-
ing ) in aid to Afghanistan because we will not
good returns on our money, which could well
be better spent on poor people in India.
A war between the US and Pakistan is
extremely unlikely, whereas a war between
India and Pakistan is a real possibility. If after
giving hundred times more aid than India the
US cannot expect loyalty from Afghanistan,
what do you think India can expect in the event
of a war with Pakistan? Let us learn from the
past. In the 1965 war between India and
Pakistan, soon after the heyday of ‘great friendship’ between Nehru and Nasser of Egypt, there
were street demonstrations in Cairo in support
of Pakistan. I bet the same thing will be seen in
Kabul and Kandahar.
If we have surplus funds, let us aid our immediate neighbors – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh,
Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Colonel Narayan Deshmukh
US Army (retd)
cation and an opportunity to become millionaires. Now, their motherland is pleading
to them to bail her out with their acquired
riches. As good sons and daughters, they
should part with 7-10 percent of their revenues (which will only be a small sacrifice) to
clear up her debt so that it can move again
Remember what your country has done for
you; now it is time for you to do your bit for
ing abroad and in India. When will our leaders show some courage so that we can be
proud of them and India?
Hardly a real artist
He makes some good points and talks
about democracy, but at the same time wish-
es to curtail our democratic right of dissent.
When Mel Gibson made the movie on
Christ, the movie theaters were picketed by
Jewish organizations upset by his portrayal of
Jews in his movie. This is exactly what happens in a democracy – art, books are met with
criticism and counter arguments.
As for the lawsuits against Husain, it is not
like anyone who does not like you can drag
you to court on a frivolous charge. The judge
will consider whether the case has any merit
before moving forward with it. As a member
of a democratic country, you are duty bound
to respond to the lawsuit.
How would Ghosh like it if
he has a legitimate grouse
against someone, launched
a court case against him
only to see that person
leave the country?
It is true that Husain’s
case is a bit different. At his age, I can fully
understand why he did not wish to fight the
case against him.
Dr Ashok Malhotra
The need for sacrifice
At age 76, my mother had no money and
needed a new knee to replace the old painful
one that was making her limp uncomfort-
ably. She had also lost most of her teeth that
made her daily eating a painful experience.
Being a concerned son, I took a part of my
savings, paid for her knee replacement and
dentures. With this bit of help from her lov-
ing son, my mother was able to live a happy
enjoyable life till she was 92. It was a small
sacrifice on my part but a giant gain for my
mother in her attempt to lead a dignified life.
America’s millionaires could learn from
this very simple sacrifice. They are what they
are today because of their motherland,
America. It provided them with a home, edu-
Stand up for
The news about the mistreatment of for-
mer Indian president Abdul Kalam in
America shocked me. He faced the same
treatment once before – on Indian soil.
George Fernandes was similarly frisked at
the airport when he was India’s defense min-
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