With reference to the report Games supporters are evil, says Aiyar (July 28), the senior Congress leader's remarks are shocking. What's most baffling is why Mani Shankar Aiyar did not speak up when India was bidding for the Commonwealth Games? Aiyar should realise that India will benefit from the Games the same way China did from the Olympics. He should also understand that the freedom of expression does not give him the licence to malign the reputation of the Games' officials who are trying their best to make the event a success. His cynicism is unwarranted and goes against national interest.
J.M. Manchanda, Delhi
Look East a little harder
This refers to the report India, Myanmar to discuss security (July 27). The ongoing visit of Myanmar's military junta leader, Than Shwe, is an opportunity for New Delhi to strengthen bilateral ties. Distancing itself from the military junta has proved to be a bad political move for India. China has taken advantage of the poor relations between India and Myanmar and is trying to extend its control over Naypyidaw. This can have serious repercussions for India in the longer run.
Amitabh Saxena, Dubai
A minefield of corruption
This has reference to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Rough and Reddy (Beyond The Bite, July 23). The present imbroglio that has engulfed Karnataka involving Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Lokayukta Justice S. Hegde over illegal mining by the Reddy brothers shows how corruption flourishes in the Indian bureaucracy. And what's more unfortunate is the reluctance of the authorities to take any remedial action against it. If our politicians and leaders decide to act irresponsibly, then our country will never be able to get out of the limbo that we continue to exist in.
R.K. Kutty, Bhopal