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Foreign to us

Lalita Panicker, in Non-existing Indians (December 3), has rightly espoused the cause of our immigrant population.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2007 22:45 IST

Lalita Panicker, in Non-existing Indians (December 3), has rightly espoused the cause of our immigrant population. Obviously, the country of their birth is not interested in their welfare. Neither the Indian government nor its missions abroad ever take note of their troubles or take effective steps to mitigate them. Surprisingly, the reaction of British MPs to the treatment meted out to Indians in Malaysia has been stronger than that of our Prime Minister. Access to Indian markets should be denied to a nation that acts against our people. A globalised world should not only ensure freedom of trade but enable liberty to live on equal terms.

JM Manchanda, via e-mail

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It is shocking that ethnic Indians in Malaysia are being treated as second-class citizens. Subjugation of ethnic Indians should be condemned by the international community. India must exert pressure on Malaysia to put an end to such discriminatory treatment.

JN Mahanty, via e-mail

For the nation’s health

With reference to the editorial Physicians, heal thyselves (November 30), the fair name of a premier institute is being eroded over ego issues. Is the Centre so helpless that it can’t take disciplinary action for the benefit of the common man? Is this the price that coalition politics has heaped on to the people, for many of whom healthcare is anyway out of reach. It’s a pity that in India, the interest of the people always comes last.

DP Ganguly, via e-mail

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Fixing the retirement age at 65 is not wrong, but the manner in which government got rid of Dr Venugopal is deplorable. In fact, the retirement age for everyone, including those contesting elections or occupying a ministerial berth, should be fixed at 65. In this way, we can remove much of the dead wood and stop footing their bills from our pockets.

N Divakaran, via e-mail