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india Updated: Dec 16, 2012 21:20 IST

Quota politics can only harm India's youth. Merit should come first
With reference to the report Finally, promotion quota makes it to RS (December 14), the UPA's giving in to BSP chief Mayawati's (pic above) demand for quota in promotions will do more harm than good to the youth of the nation in the long run. In the past, the Supreme Court has rejected promotions on the basis of quota on more than one occasion. It is a matter of shame that no party other than the SP and the Shiv Sena has come out openly against the bill because they don't want to lose votes from the SC/STs.
Gulshan Kumar, via email

We have to avoid another 1962
This refers to Brahma Chellaney's article Scorched by the Dragon (December 13). If the Chinese military believes that offence is the best form of defence, then it would be unwise for India to engage in an armed conflict with the Dragon. India must resolve its territorial disputes with China through discussions. Today, as in the 60s, the Chinese military is stronger and bigger than India's. Therefore, we should be careful to not do anything that may trigger a war between the two nations.
Pradeep Bajaj, via email

Not the most reliable of allies
I agree with the editorial From the centre to the margins (Our Take, December 13) that the UPA has successfully sidelined West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. She is no longer consulted on big-ticket legislations. But the Centre's dependence on the SP and BSP, which are known to be fair-weather friends, is a matter of concern. To remain in power, the UPA must be careful not to blindly rely on the two parties and carefully consider their demands before accepting or rejecting them.
Taposh Bhattacharya, Bhopal