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india Updated: Dec 28, 2011 23:48 IST
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In 2011, India's foreign policy stayed in the same place
While Pramit Pal Chaudhuri in At home in the World (December 27) discusses India's foreign relations in 2011, there does not seem to be any significant achievement on that front that stands out. Our relations with Pakistan and Bangladesh did not change substantially as usual. With China, the issues around the South China Sea and the Dalai Lama caused some irritation. Despite its size, the country played no role in the changes sweeping the Arab world. The relations between the US and India remained low-profile. Moreover, New Delhi failed to do much at the Durban climate change meet and this will impact our growth in the long run. Overall, the Indian government failed to provide leadership on any international matter.
SK Wasan, Noida

Ideology is no bar here
The zeal displayed by Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh to establish Anna Hazare’s credentials as an RSS-hand is amazing (Cong attacks Hazare, calls him RSS agent, December 26). Even if Hazare is an RSS man, there is no law in the country that prohibits him from campaigning against the rampant corruption in the country or the Congress-led UPA’s reluctance to create an independent and empowered watchdog to fight the same.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

Stability doesn't equal prosperity
The editorial The death of a dream (Our Take, December 26) rightly points out that dreams never die but it requires vision and determination to transform them into reality. Though political stability has been achieved within the European Union, it has to effectively counter the economic challenges. The situation calls for visionary statesmanship to come up with a solution that reconciles unity and prosperity.
Subhash C Shukla, Mathura