The list of invitees to the prime minister's banquet for US President Barack Obama was not comprehensive. It included celebrities, who are regulars at private parties and public functions, and dignitaries who met Obama again at the Rashtrapati Bhavan the next day. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have invited the widows of the heroes of the 26/11 attacks, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's parents and the families of those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation. We hope that the PMO honours real life heroes, and not publicity-seeking celebrities, at a similar occasion in the future.
Ramachandran, via email
Stop the rot at the entry level
With reference to Samar Halarnkar's article Great expectations (Maha Bharat, November 11), India won't become a superpower as long as corruption is rife in our polity. It's important to recover and return people's money, which our corrupt officials stole. One way to curb corruption at the entry level is by making it mandatory for institutions that train aspiring IAS and IPS officers to teach the importance of honesty and integrity.
SC Vaid, via email
It's unfortunate that it's business as usual in the Congress after the expulsion of two corrupt members. The prime minister is back to attending summits and the Congress chief is mum on the fate of other corrupt ministers in the party. Such irresponsibility is not unexpected from a man who has been selected, not elected, as the head of the government. The Congress can't use the Opposition's failure to check corruption while it was in power as an excuse to cover up its shortcoming.
Ashish Rai, via email
Restore the balance of justice
Now that Justice Soumitra Sen has been proven guilty of embezzlement and making false statements, he should be impeached without any further delay (Justice Sen guilty, says panel, can be impeached, November 11). This will not only reinstate people's trust in the judiciary but also set a precedent for all corrupt public officials who think they are above the law.
Ashok Kumar Ghosh, via email
The all pain, no gain visit
With reference to the editorial Missing the point (The Pundit, November 11), I was in Mumbai during US President Barack Obama's visit and was among the thousands of people who bore the brunt of the event. Many parts of the city were sealed off and the area around
the Taj hotel, where the Obamas stayed, was turned into a fortress. The situation wasn't any different
in Delhi when Obama was in the capital. But did we really benefit from the visit? The sad truth is that Obama's fiery speeches will neither force China to be friendly with India nor convince Pakistan to dismantle its terror network.
R.K. Kutty, Bhopal
Too late to write the wrongs
It seems writing memoirs is the new fad among retired politicians. After former British Prime Minister Tony Blair penned his memoirs, former US President George W Bush has now come out with his autobiography where he tries to justify the decisions he took during his tenure (Truly Bushwhacked, The Pundit, November 12). Bush's admission that attacking Iraq was a wrong decision has come late in the day. Millions have lost their lives and Iraq is in ruins ever since the US invaded it. An apology now won't exonerate Bush of the heinous crime that he has committed against humanity.
KR Pathak, Puri