Brahma Chellaney in Imperial China (October 30) brought out the vital issue of the Sino-Pak-India nexus. India should welcome Hu Jintao, but not grant him the privilege of addressing Parliament. Is this autocrat competent to address a democratically-elected Parliament? Will he reveal the intentions behind the strategic assistance being provided to Pakistan? If not, why should the government succumb to pressure from the Left, which in the last 50 years has not been able to fathom its own ideology?
RV Raman, Suratgarh
The Pakistani Foreign Minister’s revelation that a settlement of Siachen is in sight is welcome news. But India should remember Siachen’s strategic importance. Any agreement on Siachen without our army’s consent is fraught with serious consequences. Pakistani troops will sooner or later infiltrate this area, as they did in Kargil. Can Pakistan be trusted?
Onkar Nath Saxena, Noida
Apropos of the report Army jawan kills his boss (November 1), the government should look into the reasons behind the increasing stress levels in the army. What makes a disciplined jawan so edgy? The main factors are psychological disorder resulting in depression, prolonged separation from families, domestic worries, long duty hours and even command failure. These need to be dealt with so that troop morale remains high.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
Ram Jethmalani’s statement that what is going on in the Jessica Lall murder case is a media trial is highly irresponsible and unwarranted (Jethmalani to fight Manu’s case, November 1). He himself is using the media to proclaim his position even before starting his arguments in the court. Such statements lower the dignity of the legal profession.
RC Sharma, via e-mail
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