It is a shame that China, which received Indian support during Nehru’s era for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC), is ganging up with the US to block India’s efforts to have permanent UNSC membership (India in lesser UNSC race now, January 16). The world body cannot claim legitimacy if it keeps a member State with the second largest population, and a nuclear weapons State at that, out of the UNSC.
Bringing builders to book
It is heartening to learn that the government has decided to introduce a bill in Parliament to bring builders under a stringent legal regime, making them accountable both to the buyers and the government (Coming, law to put shady builders, agents on a leash, January 16). The builder mafia and their agents are gambling with the life savings of innocent people. Once they sell a flat, they disclaim responsibility for any sub-standard materials used for its construction. The proposed bill should have provisions to curb this so that no builder would dare to cheat the public.
A master plan for nothing
Omesh Saigal’s analysis in Deconstructing Delhi (January 16) is excellent. Why do we need a Master Plan if every illegal building, activity, or irregular colony is to be regularised on an as-is-where-is basis? No sincere effort is made to see that Delhi attains the status of a world-class city. Even the encroachments on government land have escaped the notice of the authorities.
In his article No time to talk (January16), AG Noorani makes some startling revelations about Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s proposals to America on the eve of the US attack on Iraq. The proposals amounted to complete surrender of Iraq to the US even before the war. So the US’s purported rejection is untenable.
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