Chinese premier failed to address the real issues
With reference to Pak wall splits India, China (December 17), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India was hardly impressive. Wen did not address the issues that are important to India: Pakistan's backing of terror groups, Arunachal Pradesh, stapled visas and border incursions by Chinese soldiers.india Updated: Dec 19, 2010 22:38 IST
With reference to Pak wall splits India, China (December 17), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India was hardly impressive. Wen did not address the issues that are important to India: Pakistan's backing of terror groups, Arunachal Pradesh, stapled visas and border incursions by Chinese soldiers. Beijing was only too eager to sign trade pacts because bilateral trade is tilted in its favour. Thankfully, New Delhi refused to mention the 'one China principle' in the joint statement. Now, India should start issuing stapled visas to the residents of Tibet till the time Beijing continues to do the same for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
Brahma Chellaney's article China should look back, make amends (December 15) was a timely rem-inder about the country's attitude towards India. However, unlike Pakistan, China's provocations after the 1962 war have been largely rhetorical. While burgeoning trade is essential for peace in the long-run, border disputes should be resolved for any forward movement in the relations between the two countries.
Buddha Bagai, via email
Wen Jiabao's visit did not evoke any enthusiasm in India. After the visit, the common consensus is that China is more of an enemy than a friend. Beijing's belligerent attitude are not signs of a mature nation. Many expected China to make the premier's visit fruitful by restructuring its policies towards India. The Ind-ian government should not allow Chinese companies to enter the infrastructure sector here. The Chinese government will use such opportunities to block our progress.
AK Bundi, via email
Words are not enough
B Vijay Murty's article Food that's not fit for humans (Big Picture, Dece-mber 16) was shocking. Many congratulations to the author for showing the UPA government the true face of the country. Fancy words like superpower, India shining, economic development and globalisation would have no meaning unless and until the government manages to eradicate hunger. So much for inclusive growth.
Ujjal Dutta, Delhi
The forgotten heroes of 1971
With reference to Indranil Banerjie's article Remember that December (December 16), even after 39 years, the government is yet to build a war memorial in memory of those who died in the 1971 operations against Pakistan. Why do we have such a callous approach towards our armed forces? If such is the treatment, how can we expect the new generation to join the forces?
S Ramachandran, via email
Tackle terror without bias
Ashok Malik's article Modi operandi (December 15) rightly highlights the government's double-standards in tackling terrorism in the country. The government is expected to take pre-emptive action to prevent recurrence of terrorist strikes. At the same time, all cases related to terror strikes must be taken to its legal conclusion through specially-designated fast-track courts and political parties must not interfere in the legal process.
JN Mahanty, Puri
Vote out the corrupt
With reference to the report UPA corruption vs NDA corruption (Dec-ember 15), the UPA and the NDA are two sides of the same coin. To eradicate corruption, Indian voters must realise their responsibility and exercise their choice judiciously. Only then we will win this war against corruption.
NP Raghavendra Rao, Indore