Re-writing history as Didi is doing won't change the facts
With reference to the editorial Ours but to Didi or die (The Pundit, April 9), it's a pity that an educated person like West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is taking such thoughtless decisions. She may not agree with the Left's ideology but how can she say that Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin are not important? They are as important as leaders like Subhas Bose, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Banerjee is trying to rewrite history for political gains. This is a dangerous trend for Indian democracy.
Bidyut Chatterjee, via email
The door's still wide open
The editorial The door has slammed shut (Our Take, April 9) gets almost everything wrong. The British government is committed to reducing net migration to the country. But we are equally committed to ensuring that India's best and brightest still come to Britain. We will continue to welcome those who can fill gaps in the labour market which can't be filled by British residents. The British government announced recently that the annual limit for skilled migrants will remain at its present level for the next two years. We have not set a limit on Indians coming to Britain under intra-company transfers. We will continue to welcome Indian students to Britain. And students who wish to work in Britain after graduating will continue to be able to do so provided they have a graduate-level job. The editorial concludes that the recent changes in Britain's migration policies “should put to rest any residual belief that Britain is a nation welcoming of immigrants”. There are more than one-and-a-half million people of Indian origin living in Britain. They are the biggest and richest of any ethnic group in Britain. I don't think they would share your view.
James Bevan, High Commissioner, British High Commission in India, Delhi