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india Updated: Dec 04, 2011 22:28 IST

The dragon and the elephant can waltz, but to our own tune

This refers to the editorial Up close and very personal (Our Take, December 1). India and China must learn to ignore petty issues and work together to build a stronger economic and political bilateral relationship. It is wrong to assume that India and China cannot be friends. The ongoing controversy over the Chinese presence in the South China Sea and the row over the Dalai Lama’s presence in a meeting in Delhi can be resolved amicably. Also, both nations should realise that the US will go to any length to ensure that relations between India and China don’t improve, as it will undermine Washington’s influence in South Asia.
SK Wasan, Noida

From fringes to the mainstream
Lalita Panicker’s article Sowing in the wind (December 1) is entertaining and informative. We must try to fulfil most, if not all, the demands of the tribal people, as they have suffered the most due to misgovernance in the six decades since Independence. Recently, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh announced a scheme to depute young tribesmen in various districts to assist district collectors in the business of governance. It is definitely a novel way to ‘integrate’ them into the mainstream.

Politics of regression
With reference to the report House sees no work for 7th day running (December 1), people have elected legislators to run the nation, not waste taxpayers’ money and decelerate progress by not passing bills that are crucial to India’s future. The UPA government and the Opposition must act in a mature fashion and stop the logjam. It’s also the responsibility of the Lok Sabha Speaker to act tough and enforce discipline among parliamentarians.
Vijay Gautam, via email