Lalita Panicker’s article If looks could kill (April 14) is a timely warning to those who are crazy to improve their looks surgically, which in many cases are undertaken by quacks. We must realise that our attempts to seek unnatural devices to win over people is against nature. The article rightly reminds that the health minister should take guard against quacks who in the garb of qualified surgeons make money out of the dirty business of beauty.
Seema Goswami in her article An Olympian echo (April 11) has argued that the Chinese government is not fit to host the Olympics. But then who in this world is fit? No country in the world has a faultless human rights record. Instead of boycotting, India should participate in the 2008 Games and learn from China how to hold the Games in the future.
The editorial A Himalayan benchmark (April 14) presents an ambiguous picture of India’s foreign policy. When Hamas, another so-called underground organisation, won the elections in Palestine democratically, India showed reluctance in accepting the will of the Palestinian people. But in Nepal there is no such dilemma. It shows that India’s policy towards countries undergoing democratic transformation are influenced by the pressure put on it the developed nations.
Boom or bust?
The editorial Not a capital idea (April 11) rightly points out that politicians and the DDA have created a mess of our city. They have abdicated their role in the planning of the NCR towns and have let the private developers have a free run.