New Delhi must ensure that India doesn’t miss the Japan train
The editorial Right time to look at Tokyo (Our Take, May 30) aptly points out that India should not miss the rare opportunity of building greater economic ties with Japan. A tie-up with Japan on critical infrastructure projects can serve the interests of both the nations. It is good news for India that Japan has spurred itself into an aggressive rebuild mode under its new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This comes at a time when we too seem to have shed our laxity after being transfixed by China’s global trade blitz. Japan’s infrastructure planning can provide us the requisite confidence to act and scale up trade and economic transactions with this old ally. Janaki Narayanan, via email
Not quite armed to the teeth
Defence minister AK Antony has rightly warned the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to take steps to become more competitive (Perform or perish, AK Antony warns DRDO, May 30). It is appalling that the organisation has failed to adhere to timelines set for various crucial projects. It’s a matter of shame that even after 66 years of Independence India still remains the top arms importer while China has become an exporter. The organisation must see Antony’s criticism in a positive light and get its act together.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Take the battle onto Maoist turf
I completely endorse Ajit Doval’s views in his article The game isn’t over yet (May 30) that the war against the Maoists is difficult but winnable. But for achieving the goal, it is imperative that our political leaders stops using the Maoist problem to settle political scores. Moreover, we can only win this battle by slowly making headway into the Maoist-infested areas in a positive manner.
Surendra Deo, via email