With reference to the editorial Chinese toys (January 16), India should accept every positive gesture, no matter whichever quarter it comes from, to safeguard its strategic interests. China’s tacit acceptance of the Indo-US nuclear deal is welcome. India’s expanding trade is another factor that is in our interest. Figures of bilateral trade between the two countries during the last six months establish that the two-way trade traffic shall edge out the US as India’s largest trading partner.
Ravinder Kumar, via e-mail
It is ironical that the Indian Army is now facing an acute shortage of officers, especially in the lower and middle ranks which are its backbone. The reason for this worrisome situation is that not many suitable candidates are applying for recruitment because they find green pastures outside. But the selection criteria in the armed forces cannot be compromised by lowering fitness standards. To tide over this state, the government should ponder over the need for resorting to conscription in the officers’ cadre in the armed forces.
PP Talwar, via e-mail
AG Noorani’s penchant for espousing the cause of radical Islamists in Kashmir and now abroad is intriguing (Grounded realities, January 15). India can’t be oblivious to the happenings in Afghanistan after having suffered ignominy at the hands of the Taliban who helped the hijackers of the Indian plane to Kandahar. Instead of advising the Karzai government on rapprochement with the extremists, efforts should be made to strengthen the coalition against this menace that has begun to prey on its own creator, Pakistan.
Cokooji A, Delhi
Light of day
The article Our wonderful Uncle Ramadoss (January 15) appears to be written favouring smoking zones. Thousands of non-smokers celebrate the opportunity to breathe clean air, unpolluted by cigarette smoke. Ramadoss only focuses media attention on a reality we all recognise.
Jyotsna Govil, Delhi