The editorial Back in the USSR (Our Take, December 9) rightly acknowledged that Indo-Russian relations have withstood many challenges in the past and continue to grow stronger with time. The signing of a nuclear pact between the two nations will further bolster bilateral ties. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s statement that his country will not accept any international restriction on its nuclear cooperation with India highlights his confidence in our country.
P. Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
A new state is not the solution
Carving out a new state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh will not help in alleviating poverty (Centre ready for Telangana? December 9). The supporters of the movement should realise that the problems they claim would be resolved once Telangana is formed are not unique to the state of Andhra Pradesh. All Indian states suffer from poverty and unemployment. These issues can be resolved if the Centre and state governments work together as a team.
N.R. Ramachandran, via email
Language doesn’t make a neta
I disagree with Sagarika Ghose’s views as stated in The Raj strikes back (Bloody Mary, December 9) that English-speaking politicians have an edge over non-English-speaking ones. Ghose seems to wrongly believe that the Harvard-educated or IITians make better politicians. It is important for politicos to be conversant with local languages to understand the problems of those who do not speak English.
Shakeel Khan, Mumbai
Judges aren’t above the law
Sudhanshu Ranjan’s article Aren’t our judges Indian? (December 9) rightly asserts that everyone is equal before the law, including our judges. Corruption has greatly affected our judicial system. The Supreme Court directive asking judges to declare their assets is a welcome move for it will make them more accountable.
Satya Prakash, via email