Apropos of the editorial Wok more, talk less (January 11), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to China and Sonia Gandhi’s goodwill visit to that country a few months back are significant. India’s support to the Dalai Lama and its growing ties with the US are no doubt worrying for China. Thus, the use of border negotiations to put pressure on us. But if serious efforts are directed towards increasing trade with China, it will make all the difference in improving bilateral ties between the two Asian giants.
Cost to the nation
With reference to the editorial The great Indian payoff (January 12), the nearly 100 per cent salary hikes for the President and the Prime Minister seem inappropriate when millions of children in the country do not even get basic education, and a substantial number of Indians live below the poverty line with no food or shelter. On top of these high salaries, these dignitaries are also provided with free accommodation, free vehicles, security at high costs and other benefits. It does seem unfair.
What a dishonour
Every Tom, Dick and Harry of Indian politics wants to jump on to the Bharat Ratna bandwagon. The government should not disgrace the country’s highest civilian award by giving it to politicians. The queue of petty politicians seeking this honour shows that it is losing its significance. It’s better to give the Bharat Ratna to people like E. Sreedharan or Ratan Tata who are serving the nation.
Not a Nano problem
The editorial Can’t take the high road, can’t take the low (January 12) rightly points towards the dearth of roads to embrace the onslaught of the Nano, the people’s car. Roads in the metros are already congested. Building a few flyovers may decongest some busy intersections for some time, but will not solve the problem in case of a drastic rise of traffic volume. A probable solution may lie in restricting cars with odd/even number plates on alternate days. This sort of discipline is practised in many countries.
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