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Looks can kill

india Updated: Apr 17, 2008 22:20 IST

Political gimmickry

Apropos of the report Row over Mufti dual currency remark (April 16), former J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is indulging in political gimmick by demanding the use of dual Indian and Pakistani currency in J&K like the European Union. Earlier, Mehbooba Sayeed, while on a visit to Pakistan had pleaded for joint control of Kashmir by India and Pakistan. Such exhortations by the PDP is tantamount to promoting separatism in Kashmir.

PP Talwar, via e-mail

Looks can kill
Lalita Panicker’s article If looks could kill (April 15) debates the pros and cons of cosmetic treatment for body, skin and hair. To look good and feel confident is one’s right and increasing middle-class incomes will add to this cosmetic business. But these mushrooming shops must not issue misleading ads to lure gullible public into believing the impossible. Such loopholes need to be plugged to ensure proper healthcare.
Naresh Chawla, Delhi

The beauty clinics across India mainly target well-to-do people who can afford heavy bills. The government must have guidelines to control such clinics as surgeries are for correcting deformities, not for cosmetic purposes. We should not disturb nature’s super-engineering.
Rajesh Mehta, Delhi

The crouching dragon
There is nothing called ‘world pressure’ and we should raise our voice in support of the Tibetans. Slogans like ‘Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai’ are as hollow as they were half a century ago. China holds on to Tibet, claims Arunachal as an integral part of it and brands India as ‘arrogant’. These are indications of an imminent Chinese attack on India.
MG Iyer, via e-mail

A friendly neighbour
with reference to the editorial A Himalayan benchmark (April 14), it is good that democratic institutions are getting a foothold in our neighbourhood. But it sounds a warning bell for India, with the Maoists emerging strong in Nepal. China will definitely try to extend its evil designs there, as it has already done in Myanmar and Tibet.
Ramesh Wadhwa, via e-mail