Madhur Singh’s report on diaspora in Philippines is well-researched and timely (Malice in Manila, December 17). Two years back, I was there performing a street theatre against violence and was disgusted by the fact that most Indians are taken as terrible moneylenders who charge too much interest. I was told that they routinely bribe officials. Such humiliation must stop.
Shamsul Islam, Delhi
Clean up the act
Manmohan Singh has taken a great step to get top industry players from Japan to invest in India. But he should also free India from corruption and crime at all levels. Most NRIs want well-managed operations in all fields. If Singh and team can do this, India will shorten its journey towards becoming a developed nation.
Sharad Sharma, Toronto
No minor issue
Harsh Mander’s article Brutalised, but not broken (December 18) clearly pointed out the series of untold brutalities which the minorities had to face during the Meerut riots in 1987. It is the moral duty of our government and judiciary to bring all the accused to trial and provide justice to all the riot victims so that they feel more confident and secure as a citizen of secular India.
Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh
Apropos of the report Quota bill gets Lok Sabha nod (December 15), all political parties are bent upon winning votes of SC/ST, Muslims and minorities. No political leader has the courage to say that no Indian should be differentiated on the basis of caste, religion and province. People of these groups do not get any benefit in real sense. How many upper caste ministers and MPs have lived with the SC/ST and poor Muslims and eaten a meal together?
AL Agarwal, Delhi
Sadly, Arjun Singh has not excluded the creamy layer of SC, ST and OBCs. This step should be condemned in unequivocal terms.
TS Murthy, Delhi
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