India and China must strive for a partnership with equal benefits
With reference to Jayadeva Ranade’s article Dragon will talk turkey (May 20), it is good news for New Delhi and Beijing that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made India the first stop of his maiden foreign trip. China and India cannot wish each other away and thus it is in the larger interest of both nations to make a genuine effort to enhance trust and understanding. However, India must continue voicing its concerns over the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh and it should also reiterate its stand that there should be freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. India must use the positivity of this visit to ensure that India and China work as equal partners in a strategic relationship to promote trade and regional peace.
Bal Govind, Noida
An idea whose time has gone
The editorial Turn a paler shade of saffron (Our Take, May 20) is right in stating that the BJP must come up with an idea that the people can identify with, something far more inclusive than Hindutva. In a changed socio-political scenario, it is unlikely that Hindutva will find resonance with the youth today. It is high time the BJP realised that development and progress will hold the key to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, not Hindutva.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
Punishment should fit the crime
Sanjoy Hazarika in Old crimes deserve new punishment (May 17) is right in stating that we need to look at penalties that will deter all sexual crimes. The brutality associated with the December 16 gang rape and the five-year-old girl’s recent rape compels us to suggest that punishment must always be proportional to the crime. Besides the severity of punishment, it is the certainty of punishment that will deter criminals.
Shraddha Chaddha, via email