INDIA ABROAD DECEMBER 30, 2016 3 LETTERS
any Indian politi-
cians and the
Indian media got
upset when they
heard that the pres-
on Pakistani Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif and conveyed a
goodwill message, while also
hinting that he will offer any
help Pakistan needs in resolving
disputes with India.
These people are narrow-
minded and lashing out at
Trump without understanding
Trump’s motives. Past presi-
dents of the United States were
Pakistan rivalry and issues that
brought them at wars since inde-
pendence. These presidents
have been sympathetic, but
because of strong positions
taken by both sides were unable
to help resolve the problem.
Since Pakistan does not have
a robust democracy, a result of
being often ruled by military dictators, Trump’s initiative to contact Sharif is a tactical move and
should be appreciated as such.
Since Pakistan has played a role
of a puppet, Trump government
can put some pressure on its
leader and help resolve thorny
So instead of lashing out at
Trump, we should be thankful
that he is taking the initiative.
Remember, Trump did not call
the Palestinian president and
Give Trump a Chance
Nooyi and Trump
I read with interest your article,
“Trump Appoints Indra Nooyi to
Policy Board” (India Abroad;
Dec. 23, 2016).
Clearly, Trump is pragmatic
and not an ideologue because he
has appointed Nooyi to the policy board knowing fully well that
she was a staunch supporter of
Hillary Clinton, and a big critic of
him before the election. He likes
to pick the brains of smart, talented, and successful people,
and Nooyi falls into that category.
Additionally, Nooyi too seems
to be more pragmatic than ideological because after Trump won
the election she congratulated
him and emphasized the importance of coming together as a
nation and moving on, while still
mourning for those who supported Clinton.
I hope people learn from the
lessons provided by Trump and
Nooyi and move on as well. I
know too many Hillary supporters who are still either in the
denial or the angers phase of the
five stages of grief.
I was initially a Hillary supporter too but had no trouble
accepting Trump as a president-elect. In fact, I have been saying
all along that we should be emotionally and mentally ready for a
President Trump, considering
that he managed to defeat 16 talented politicians in the
Republican primary election,
even though, being a businessman, he has never run for office.
In my opinion, he is a political
genius the likes of which we
have not seen in a long time. It is
just possible that he may indeed
turn out to be a bad president,
but why not give the guy the
benefit of the doubt and at least
allow him a chance to succeed.
For when the president suc-
ceeds, we all succeed. We should
Republicans did to Obama and
act as perennial obstructionists.
My guess is -- and only time
will tell if I am right or wrong --
he will be a successful president
because he is pragmatic, has a
charming personality, can make
compromises, and negotiate
deals. Also, he knows how to
pick the brains of experts, devel-
op professional relationships,
and network. I also think he seri-
ously wants America to be great
again, not so much because he
loves America, which I am sure
he does, but because, being a
narcissist, he loves himself and
wants to go down in the history
books as a president who made
America great again
Please Fix That
For the past three weeks I've
been trying to fill out the OCI
application on the CKGS website
and I haven't been able to do so
because the website automati-
cally fails or a 500 service error
pops up and says I should try
later. I am very frustrated. What
type of vendor have you (the
Indian government) chosen who
cannot have a properly operating
You people should be
ashamed of yourself that these
problems are constantly occurring. I request that you look into
this matter and solve it immediately because it is causing a lot
of unnecessary grief.
Please make sure this problem
has been solved or if there is an
alternate way to fill out and submit the OCI application.
I think PM Modi is just clueless as to what is really going on
in his country when it comes to
demonetization. His government
is just not capable of replacing
the old currency with a new one.
Day-to-day life is crippled. No
doubt, demonetization is a fine
concept but its implementation
has not been executed in a wise
and timely manner.
The nation was horrified to
learn that more than 100 people
have been dying while waiting in
long lines for the exchange of
old currency or for the petty
withdrawal of money.
Modiji, I have a simple question: When our soldiers lay
down their lives on the borders,
we name them martyrs. What
would you name those innocent
people just dying on the streets?
No doubt, your government is
accountable for those tragic loss-es. You just brought in demonetization calling it a surgical strike
without any careful study and
the proper preparation to cover
up sugarcoated promises you
made to people at the general
Please do something fast and
effective; otherwise you will see
your popularity graph go down.
Ashchary Lal Lamba
Brooklyn, New York
Halt Weapons Sales
to Saudi Arabia
According to UNICEF, one
child dies every 10 minutes in
Yemen, victims of devastating
air attacks by Saudi Arabia.
Britain and the United States
have sold Saudi Arabia sophisticated weapons worth billions of
dollars that have been used
indiscriminately in its ongoing
conflict with Houthi rebels,
causing devastating civilian
In addition, the US continues
to refuel Saudi planes, allowing
them to intensify bombing raids,
leading to more fatalities.
Additionally, missile fragments
have been shown to have the
unmistakable British and
This aid is fueling intense
hostility against the coalition
partners: the British, U.S. and
the Gulf states, who seem totally
unconcerned by the ongoing
More than half a million children are suffering severe malnutrition and 2. 2 million others are
in urgent need of care. Over 58
hospitals have been bombed by
The Saudis are also blocking
food supplies entering Yemen.
According to ‘Times,’ London
reporter Iona Craig who is based
in Sana’a, a high-profile strike
killed 140 civilians in a double-tap strike, the second attack
killing first and second responders.
Our ongoing unconditional
support of Saudi Arabia makes
us and the British complicit in
This must stop.
Los Altos, CA