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Friends in deed?

india Updated: Jan 29, 2008 22:47 IST
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With reference to the editorial The French connection (January 28), whenever any foreign dignitary is here, the issue of India’s permanent membership in the United Nations’ Security Council comes up. At the international level, however, this issue is rarely highlighted. Though France and Britain support India’s bid, it remains to be seen what stand they take when the issue of United Nations’ reform comes up.

Bishal Das, Delhi

The real politics

Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article Third alternative a pipedream (January 28), no government at the Centre has survived till date without the support of the two biggies, the Congress and the BJP. The CPI(M) and the UNPA will be fooling themselves if they think that a Third Front can be formed without the support of the Congress or the BJP.

MC Joshi, Lucknow

Not a rosy picture

Saubhik Chakrabarti in The spend force (January 28) rightly points out that America’s rate of consumption led to the Asian economic boom. But the sub-prime crisis will now impact the growing economies. Though the US government has reduced the lending rates, this move will not improve matters much.

KV Raju, via e-mail


The recent turmoil in the stock market has created confusion in the minds of the small and medium inves-tors. It also shows that the Indian economy is still not strong enough to shield the small and medium investors from the negative impacts of a global slowdown.

Arvind Bhatia, Delhi

Polluted highway

The newly opened expressway between Gurgaon and Delhi has hardly made travel between the two cities comfortable. The slow pace of traffic movement forces drivers to leave their ignition on and this only adds to the existing high level of vehicular pollution. Two lakh vehicles cross this toll gate and 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide is released per day into the atmosphere at this point.

CK Sharma, Gurgaon