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Once bitten, twice shy

india Updated: Oct 09, 2009 16:35 IST

Apropos of the report Army fears China attack by 2017, (March 26), although China stabbed India in the back in 1962, despite echoes of ‘Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai’, we must not be idle spectators to its misadventures. We have the military, economic and diplomatic might to foil China’s strategic plans. After sensing a threat in its backyard during a naval exercise between Pakistan and China in 2007, India had conducted joint military exercises with China in 2008, while trying to re-claim the North-east region. Development work has been accelerated to integrate it with the hinterland, and help curb insurgency. We must not let our guard down again.

Amit Kumar Verma, Gurgaon

Looking in the wrong direction

Suhel Seth’s article Speech impediment (March 24) is totally biased and in favour of the Congress. I wonder how the Congress can be any better when its top leaders are fooling the nation by indulging in a Q&A with Pakistan on the Mumbai attacks. In fact, their appeasement of the Muslims has only led to an emboldened Pakistan. It’s amazing that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit welcomes Bangladeshi immigrants as our guests, despite them posing a grave security threat. In fact, what might have been the media reaction had the same speech been delivered by a Congress leader?

Shrey Agarwal, Delhi

A view from the outside

Sitaram Yechury in That other option (Left hand drive, March 26) has raised some troublesome issues in areas which his own party is responsible for creating a mess. Unfortunately, Yechury has forgotten that his party was a major force in supporting the government that he is blaming now. It is sad that the writer is raising the issue of livelihood while keeping silent on the nuclear deal, which was the main reason behind the Left-UPA split. He shouldn’t forget that voters are aware of the selfish motives of our chameleon-like politicians. Yechury should desist from shedding crocodile tears on the plight of the nation.

Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi

Real power rests with us

With reference to the editorial Getting unhitched before the mating season (Our Take, March 28), our regional political parties can be compared with migratory birds for as the unfavourable season approaches, both change their direction. The electorate, however, remains clueless till the end about who will go which way. Only a close watch can help us — the responsible voters — in deciding who to elect and who to show the door. Since it is we who vote the government in the onus of electing an inefficient administration also falls on us.

D.R. GULATI, via email

Remove the roadblocks first

Hormazd Sorabjee in his article Roadhouse blues (March 27) is right in pointing out the issues concerning increasing traffic, pollution and congestion on roads. What every vehicle owner desires is unrestricted road movement. The government should put a check on the number of vehicles each household possesses. Also, only eligible drivers should be given a licence to drive commercial vehicles. An emphasis on spreading traffic sense should be made a priority.

Rajiv Chopra, via email

Take action against Pakistan

Apropos of the report No free lunches in Obama’s Afpak plan (March 28), the US should understand that its funds to Pakistan are being diverted to terror groups. If it is serious about bringing a change, the Obama administration should take sterner action against our neighbour.

O.P. Tandon, via email

Well begun but half done

Apropos of the report World switches off lights for Earth Hour (March 29), it is heartening to see that, at last, people across the globe came together for a good cause. Global warming is a problem that has been created by us. So, the onus of finding solutions to curb it also falls on our shoulders. The fact that millions of people participated in the Earth Hour is in itself an acknowledgement of the impending threat to our planet. We hope that more such steps are taken to ensure that our children do not suffer because of our misdeeds.

Malvika Marndi, via email