It is wrong to criticise Shashi Tharoor for expressing his view on whether October 2 should be a public holiday without understanding what he really wanted to convey through his statement (Tharoor tweet sparks Oct 2 holiday debate, October 3). He enjoys the right to freedom of expression like all Indians. What Tharoor has said is not wrong either. In a multicultural society like ours, where we commemorate every major festival of each religion with a holiday, do we need a holiday on Gandhi Jayanti too, especially when Gandhiji himself believed that work is worship.
CN Kumar, Bengaluru
Beware of the fiery dragon
Ravni Thakur in How now land of Mao? (October 1) rightly states that it is the internal threats — not external danger — that China should be wary of in the future. Sixty years of communism might have helped China become a key world player and a rising global power. But, like the Tibet issue, it has created various problems that are giving the Chinese government a tough time. The desire to rise to the top shouldn’t be fulfilled at the cost of its countrymen.
Sunny Mitra, Kolkata
China’s military strength has multiplied at an astonishing rate over the past 60 years. On the contrary, India’s defence potential has not seen any real progress. This has enabled China to fuel insurgencies in the North-east, provide financial and military aid to Pakistan, cross over to our territory and build a ‘string of pearls’ around India. The massive display of arms by the Chinese government on the 60th anniversary of communism should be seen as a warning to all nations.
Ramachandran Mahesh, Delhi
No solution to red terrorism
It’s disheartening to learn how, on the one hand, while everybody celebrated the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, on the other hand, 16 innocents were mercilessly killed by extremists (Naxalites kill 16 in Bihar village, October 3). It highlights the government’s inability to curb red terror. Their growing strength highlights the State’s weakness.
NR Ramachandran, Ooty
Good manners, a capital idea!
Kudos to the Hindustan Times for its series Mind It that is exposing a lack of civic sense among Delhiites. It is shameful to see how people do not hesitate to litter the streets. Jaywalking, spitting on roads and rash driving are some of the common habits of Delhiites. People do not fear the law and even law-enforcers take such matters lightly. With the Commonwealth Games due next year, it is important that the authorities formulate a plan to nurture a sense of civic responsibility in people. Hefty fines should be imposed on defaulters.
Gurdeep Singh, Delhi