The revelations made by the naval chief about our navy being no match for China’s naval might, in the report No match for China (August 11), were disturbing to read. If this is indeed the real situation, then India needs to better prepare itself militarily, if it is to avoid another Chinese misadventure, like in 1962, where we were defeated decisively and following which a large chunk of our territory continues to be under occupation. China has repeatedly shown that it can’t be trusted and its aggressive militarisation poses a major threat to our national integrity.
Anil Sood, via email
A timely reality check
Sanchita Sharma’s report H1N1 kills 3 more, common flu could be killing 572 in a day (August 11) tries to neutralise the fear psychosis being propagated by the media this past week. The H1N1 is a serious challenge to be reckoned with but should not be misused to whip up business. The media has been spreading uncalled-for panic all over the nation, despite sufficient data regarding the causes of recent deaths. The Health Minister has also found himself at a loose end with regard to tackling the media frenzy on the H1N1 issue. Hats off to Hindustsn Times’ brave attempt to correct the course.
Anoop Antony Joseph, Delhi
Being an airborne infection, the death toll due to the H1N1 flu may rise and current concerns are partly justifiable, since it’s difficult to control the transmission of the virus in crowded cities. But, even though it is feasible to control mosquito-breeding by spraying insecticides, no importance has ever been given to diseases like malaria and dengue, which also kill scores. The Health Minister boasts about us being ‘better-placed than the developing nations’, so why can’t we do something about easier-to-control diseases, instead of spreading all this panic?
Rajvi Mehta, via email
Compromising young India
Lalita Panicker’s article Mind the gap (August 11) flags important issues. India is proud of its young population, but the government has no clue on how to give our youth a bright future in terms of employment and security. The mantra ‘more children, more working hands’, which the bulk of our poor population abides by, has severely compromised living conditions, posing a threat to the very survival of these children. There is a need to educate the poor and the illiterate on the importance of family planning, in a way best suited to get the message across, otherwise the boon of a young population will soon become a bane.
Vikas Yadav, Faridabad
One way to encourage family planning is to monetarily reward people with less than three children in rural areas. We cannot continue to rely on the old Malthusian principle, by which nature tries to restore the balance through diseases and pandemics, especially since the birth rate continues to exceed the death rate. Awareness can only work once people realise that the ‘right to choice’ must have limitations if we are to better our quality of living.
Siddharth Bhattacharya, Delhi
Not a basketcase
The report Why MP is India’s Ethiopia (August 10) reflected a supremacist and sadist mentality. It is difficult to understand why the Hindustan Times has singled out Ethiopia even though there are other countries in the same category. Hindustan Times should take note that Ethiopia’s economy has witnessed 10 per cent GDP growth consecutively for more than six years, and Ethiopia is also now one of the major destinations for Indian investors.
Metasebia Tadesse, via email