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March 29, 2012
First Published: 21:53 IST(29/3/2012)
Last Updated: 21:54 IST(29/3/2012)

The voice of the Tibetans can’t be drowned by Chinese propaganda

Li Xiaojun’s article No smoke without fire (March 28) is an attempt to demoralise the freedom fighters of Tibet. The world knows how the Chinese government treats the Tibetans. The writer mentions that these are tactics employed by the Dalai Lama to come to power. The voice of the people cannot be silenced and justice will someday be theirs. The Chinese government must engage in a serious introspection of its policies on Tibet. Parthasarathi Mishra, via email


The company of self-serving allies

Rajdeep Sardesai in Orders from HQ (Beyond The Bite, March 26) rightly states that the whims of party supremos sometimes threaten the very basis of democratic politics in the country. Undue pressure from DMK chief M Karunanidhi and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee on the issues of the Sri Lankan Tamils and the roll-back of railway fare hike respectively has shaken the UPA. Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi’s budget brought in much-needed financial rationality to the railways. But in displeasing the party boss, Trivedi ended up losing his job. GN Prasad, via email

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It is amusing how a prime minister of the stature of Manmohan Singh, who put his government at stake during the India-US nuclear deal, is submitting to the pressure exerted by allies. There has been a spate of events of late where the PM’s intentions have been thwarted by the machinations of the TMC and the DMK. In the two years left of his tenure, Singh should initiate some course correction to save his image. Indian voters must ensure a clear mandate to avoid another coalition fiasco. Bal Govind, Noida


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