With reference to the report Gun-running in olive green near border (September 5), it is startling to note that two senior officers among as many as 30 officers actually selling their service weapons illegally with the help of ammunition dealers in the border districts of Rajasthan. This act has to be viewed seriously and appropriate action should be taken against such officers. This will work as a deterrent.
TS Murthy, Delhi
Sitaram Yechury in his article Tripping up on energy (August 30) claims that the CPI(M)’s policy directions are determined by its own perceptions in the interest of India and its people. But their perception of India’s interest appears rather blinkered if they are unable to see the changing balance of power in our neighbourhood, with China arming Pakistan to the teeth. By what logic is a friendship with democracies like the US and Japan a surrender of India’s sovereignty to US imperialism?
Varun Sood, via e-mail
Sitaram Yechury should spell out the CPI(M)’s strategy for meeting India’s power demands, considering that global oil and gas reserves are getting depleted. Coal reserves will also get exhausted if most of our energy requirement is met by burning coal. Hydro-power can meet only a fraction of the requirement. Nuclear energy is the only alternative and even oil-rich countries are going for it.
Vijaya Singh, Ghaziabad
Apropos of the editorial Swallow the bitter pill (August 31), medical care in India is a century behind the latest norms, and doctors alone are not to blame for not working. There are many inefficiencies in the State-run system. It is easy to stand on a pedestal on such issues.
Raghavendra S, France
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