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india Updated: Jul 14, 2013 23:25 IST

It’s time New Delhi stopped deferring to the dragon
With reference to the report China at it again, smashes Leh sheds, grabs cameras (July 10), the fact that Chinese soldiers intruded into the Chumar sector in Ladakh again, and that this time they dismantled temporary structures and took away cameras installed by the Indian Army, shows that Beijing is not taking New Delhi’s border concerns seriously. That the incursion took place days ahead of defence minister AK Antony’s visit to China is a sign of our weak diplomacy. In such a situation, instead of reassuring our citizens, Antony played down the matter, calling it a minor incident. It’s time India realised that if it wishes to emerge as superpower, it has to stop being so scared of the dragon.
Aruna Chaudhary, via email

Politics can’t be a family affair
With reference to Jayanthi Natarajan’s article The Game of Name (July 12), dynastic politics breeds ineptitude and leaves little room for meritocracy. By pointing out that other political parties too practise dynastic politics, Natarajan is not helping her party’s case. She conveniently played down Arun Jaitley’s observations on the Congress’s performance by just harping on the point that the BJP’s allies too have produced generations of politicians. As far as the electorate is concerned, they should critically analyse each party in every election and vote accordingly.
Ridhi Chugh, via email

Getting rid of the political rot
With reference to the editorial Time to come clean on this (Our Take, July 12), the Supreme Court’s move forcing lawmakers to quit if they are convicted of a crime and not permitting them to stay on regardless of an appeal will definitely check the criminalisation of politics. While the Congress and the BJP have welcomed the move, it is to be seen if they are really open to the idea of barring criminals from politics.
Nikhil Chopra, Punjab

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