India, a global leader
With reference to Kishore Mahbubani’s article Can India save the world? (March 22), how can a country like India, where 40 per cent of the population lives on less than two meals a day and 60 per cent depend on agriculture seek to lead the world? Especially when half of its children in rural areas suffer from malnutrition, three-fourths in villages do not have proper sanitation facilities and clean drinking water? We should improve the living standards of our masses, so that they can be a part of India’s growth story.
Piyush Agarwal, Ghaziabad
Kishore Mahbubani gives a clear view that norms need custodianship. It is good that both India and China want to preserve the norms. The weight of global leadership may definitely fall on India’s shoulders and our nation is capable of such leadership, which is the best credit for us, since the West is losing faith in an open global order.
M Sampathkumar, Delhi
Kishore Mahbubani in his remarkable piece sees all the positive signs of India emerging as the new world leader capable of upholding multilateral norms, in contrast to the reluctance of the traditional world leaders, America and Europe. Will the Indian leadership rise to the occasion and fill the vacuum and forge new forms of global governance that the world needs?
RJ Khurana, via e-mail
The midnight call
Apropos of the report China did not summon envoy (March 27), the Chinese did not summon the Indian ambassador at
2 am, but ‘called (her) in’ at 12.30 am, and it was she who delayed getting there an hour later. Silly of me to have imagined that we were being shoddily treated and succumbing to the worst form of bullying, an idea reinforced by our Vice-President Hamid Ansari calling off a long-scheduled meeting with the Dalai Lama. Now that HT has put the record straight, will it be kind enough to tell us what time the US, British and French ambassadors were ‘called in’ by the Chinese that night?
Sonia Jabbar, Delhi
Amit Baruah in All in it together (March 27) correctly points out that Pakistan has entered a new era of democracy and must be cautious while chalking out its future strategies. With less interference from the armed forces in its internal politics, and proper control over the ISI, Pakistan could prevent the kind of misdeeds committed by its rulers that hampered the development of the country.
Surendra Deo Sahay, Delhi
With reference to the editorial Contentious calibre (March 27), to catch the bull by the horns needs courage. Of late, in the name of security and terrorism, some policemen have been accused of killing innocent people. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Would it not be appropriate to curb some powers of overzealous police officers?
PP Singh Chadha, via e-mail
Apropos of the editorial Brand with the best (March 28), there have always been high-end consumers and low-end survivors in India. Nielsen’s survey showing that 57 per cent of Indians now see labels as status symbols and welcome luxury brands is not surprising. But as you rightly point out, while we are turning into one of the largest buyers of high-end brands, we are yet to build high-end brands of our own. It’s time to change the image ‘Made by India’ into ‘Made in India’ and make the brand acceptable globally.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
Ramachandra Guha’s article Green evolution (March 27) is an enriching read as it traces the origin and growth of ecological awareness and concern in India. The tussle between environmentalists and big industrial interests is not just one over the use of natural resources. It is a battle between survival and greed. All development has to be sustainable, or else there would be no resources left to sacrifice at the altar of profit-making.
Zehra Naqvi, via e-mail
Coming a full circle
With reference to the editorial In search of closure (March 28), the apex court’s decision is a welcome move to create trust in judiciary. The Gujarat government is expected to render all possible assistance to the committee to unearth the truth behind the massacre. Though it may be difficult for the investigating team to identify the real culprits, it must ascertain the role of the administration and whether the rioters were encouraged by politicians in power.
PK Srivastava, via e-mail
The Chinese repression in Lhasa is shameful. Tibet is linked to India historically, emotionally and culturally. A country like China which makes ridiculous claims to our territory in Arunachal and Aksai Chin and disregards human rights can never be trusted. Citizens of the country should call for a boycott of Chinese goods in India.
Ritu Varuni, via e-mail