Jayadeva Ranade in Looking but not seeing (April 26) rightly points out that the State’s security apparatus, which should first be employed to protect citizens, is used mainly to protect a small group of questionable importance. It is the government’s responsibility to develop a sense of safety and peace, but recent news that China has almost entered our territory seems enough to make one question India’s strength. It is time to appropriate more sophisticated technologies and a modern approach. Only that could perhaps provide better security and give people a sense of pride we desperately need.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Our line needs a lot more control
With reference to the editorial Know where to draw the line (Our Take, April 25), I am of the view that New Delhi’s China policy must change. Tibet, Panchsheel, 1962 — these are all instances of earnest efforts we had made. But none of these quite concluded in the manner we had planned. While India continued to try and maintain amicable relations, China responded by claiming Arunachal Pradesh. If the incursions around a newly fraught Line of Control are anything to go by, our policy towards the unsympathetic dragon ought to undergo a revamp.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
She’s the reason why old’s gold
Pankaj Vohra in Bollywood’s golden voice falls silent at 94 (April 25) pays a well deserved tribute to Shamshad Begum. The melody queen had regaled many with her voice during the 50s-60s, and Vohra thankfully enlightens us with lesser-known aspects of Shamshad Begum’s personality and career. Her voice made even the most unmusical of her fans feel like humming along. Shamshad’s Mughal-e-Azam song — ‘Teri mehfil mein kismat azma kar hum bhi dekhege’ — is as inspirational as it is rebellious.
Manorma Dadhwal, via email