PM’s snub ensures that the game’s up for CWG officials
Kudos to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for snubbing the officials in charge of the Commonwealth Games and declining Sports Minister M.S. Gill’s offer of a presentation on the Games’ preparations so far (Just get the work done, PM tells Gill, September 25). In the last six years of the UPA government’s rule, this is probably the first time that the PM has rebuked a Cabinet minister. It would have helped the nation if Singh had taken this step much earlier.
P.C. Sharma, via email
The rise and rise of China
With reference to the editorial Bully in the China shop (Our Take, September 25), it’s true that Beijing has a habit of picking fights with other nations. It favours Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, is building up String of Pearls around India, doesn’t recognise Tibet’s autonomy and has now rubbed Japan up the wrong way. China knows that it’s economically and militarily strong. India should seek help from America to break the Chinese hegemony in the Asia Pacific region.
D.S. Panwar, via email
A barren policy on land
Pranab Bardhan’s article To not land in trouble (September 24) rightly states that adopting the Haryana model of land acquisition across India is so far the best option available to the government. The proposed Land Acquisition
Bill is not up to the mark, as it leaves poor farmers at the mercy of market forces and the land mafia. Turning fertile areas into special economic zones to benefit corporate houses defies logic, as barren tracts of land can be used for the purpose.
Devender Kumar, Sirsa