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first_imgIndia gets toughAugust 29, 2016Modi’s remark on Balochistan shows Pakistan the perils of tit-for-tat diplomacy. What’s Good for the GanderThough Pakistan demands that the principle of self- determination be complied with in Kashmir, it conveniently ignores such a demand for Balochistan (India’s New Rules of Engagement). Moreover, the Chinese presence,India gets toughAugust 29, 2016Modi’s remark on Balochistan shows Pakistan the perils of tit-for-tat diplomacy.What’s Good for the GanderThough Pakistan demands that the principle of self- determination be complied with in Kashmir, it conveniently ignores such a demand for Balochistan (India’s New Rules of Engagement). Moreover, the Chinese presence in Balochistan, with control over Gwadar port-and the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) line cutting through the disputed territories of Gilgit-Baltistan-can only encourage Pakistan to follow policies similar to the Han presence in Xinjiang and Tibet in changing the area’s demographics. It is no surprise, therefore, that Balochistan is progressively turning into a festering wound for Pakistan, since the locals have no stakes in its administration and gain no benefits from its vast resources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of his Independence Day address has drawn the world’s attention to this contested area, which Pakistan is obviously not eager to discuss in public.H.N. Ramakrishna, BengaluruBy making a reference to Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan in his I-Day speech, Prime Minister Modi has, within two years, moved from one extreme to the other as far as relations with neighbours are concerned-from ‘neighbours first’ to ‘divide thy neighbour’. However, as the United States rightly pointed out, we must not read too much into this “rhetoric diplomacy”. While a weak prime minister like Nawaz Sharif may be forced to indulge in such tactics because he is politically hostage to the Pakistan army, even a relatively strong prime minister like Modi has domestic compulsions, such as elections to win and adversaries to overcome in Kashmir.Krishna Balraj Sahay, PatnaadvertisementAfter Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his I-Day speech, the trials of the Balochis could well acquire an international dimension. Like Nelson Mandela, who thanked India for its support in the freedom struggle in South Africa, Baloch leaders too thanked Modi for highlighting the Balochistan issue. Many people in Balochistan live below the poverty line and lack basic amenities like water, electricity, roads and healthcare. Modi can’t be faulted if he lends moral and diplomatic support to Balochistan’s freedom struggle even as Pakistan had once supported the Khalistan separatist movement in India. Sitting in Delhi, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit shows no compunction in dedicating Pakistan’s independence day to ‘azad Kashmir’ and inviting hardline Hurriyat leaders to Iftar. India should not only ease visa restrictions for Baloch separatist leaders who wish to visit India, but also raise the Baloch issue in the United Nations General Assembly.Kangayam R. Narasimhan, ChennaiThe plight of the Baloch people is turning from bad to worse day by day. It is ultimately the common people who are bearing the brunt of the tussle for supremacy in the region. The pictures we see on news channels and on social media every single day-of murdered infant and adult Balochis-make our hearts cry out in despair. Why are international organisations so helpless that they have become mute spectators to this ghastly violation of human rights and dignity?Hena Prasun , MumbaiFighting to CompeteP.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik’s achievements convey to other sportspeople that hard work and passion help you attain your goals. It can also inspire women to participate and contribute more in the field of sports. All those who competed and lost should take heart from these victories. Even if they didn’t win a medal themselves, the hard work and effort they have already put in do deserve every appreciation.Mahesh Kumar, via e-mailP.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have displayed a great deal of grit, determination, fortitude and focused energy to achieve what mattered to them and to get where they are today. Recognising these wonderwomen and overcoming the ‘analysis paralysis’ will open the door to the other budding sporting talents in our country.Praveena Thimmaiah, BengaluruIt was heartening to see top politicians welcoming the Olympic medal winners home. They have been showered with money and awards; but what about those who participated but lost? Those who did not win medals should be felicitated too, so they continue their quest for medals. Honouring winners alone will not give sportspersons the encouragement they need.Anshu Mathur, AhmedabadP.V. Sindhu’s silver at the Rio Games represents an epic human struggle. Against gender bias. Against politics that mars competition and kills competence. Against a state that can do no better than pay lip service to the pursuit of excellence. Sindhu’s feat is a triumph of the audacity of hope in a country that offers no support to sportspersons who are not proven stars. Chandan Das, via e-mailadvertisementlast_img read more

Moreno urges Coutinho to reject Barcelona

first_imgTransfers ‘Brother don’t go!’ – Moreno urges Coutinho to reject Barcelona switch Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 02:54 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Coutinho-cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Southampton Southampton Premier League The Brazil star may end up leaving Liverpool, but his team-mate is doing all he can to make him stay on Merseyside Alberto Moreno has urged Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho to reject a move to Barcelona.The Brazil international was the subject of three bids from the Spanish giants before the transfer deadline, but the Reds held firm to ensure the 25-year-old remained at Anfield until at least January. Liverpool 11/10 for the top 4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speculation is still rife that Barcelona will make another attempt to sign the attacking midfielder and Moreno says he has done everything he can to convince his friend to stay on Merseyside.He told The Guardian: “I’ve said: ‘Brother, don’t go.’ If I get to decide, Philippe’s not going.”He’s my friend and always will be. I don’t know what will happen. If it was down to me, I’d love him close to me for life, always enjoying seeing him play football, which is a wonder.”But I can’t interfere. It’s Liverpool, Barcelona and him, and they decide. He’s a big piece at Liverpool. Every fan, everyone who watches Liverpool, everyone who understands football knows that. They know that if he goes, it will leave a big hole.”I’ve become stronger here in every way – but I’m not finished yet.” @Phil_Coutinho on his development at #LFC:— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 16, 2017″It’s a privilege, it’s an honour to share a dressing room with him. I see him train every day and he does things I’ve never seen before.”Coutinho looks set to return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up for Saturday’s home clash against Southampton after missing the past three games with a groin injury.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more