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india Updated: Aug 05, 2011 23:24 IST

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Pakistan's bitten the Chinese hand that fed it
The report China: Xinjiang terrorists trained in Pak (August 2) has turned the focus on China's questionable Pakistan policy. Beijing chose Islamabad as one of its closest allies and played a major role in advancing its military and nuclear programmes, ignoring India's concerns about the role of terror groups operating on Pakistani soil. After the latest reality check, Beijing should review its Pakistan policy.
MC Joshi, via email

The Great Indian Faultline
Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article Dangers of al-Faeda (Incidentally, July 30) is a balanced analysis of the Indian character. We have some obvious flaws: We keep our homes clean but litter the streets. We fail to realise our obligations towards society but insist on our fundamental rights. Most important, we keep existing in denial, refusing to acknowledge our defects and take remedial measures.
BP Nailwal, Dehradun

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Gandhi is right in saying that all of us have become notorious faeda seekers. Politicians clamour for votes, while those in business are always after big munafa. Bureaucrats bother only about their careers. Corruption and seeking out faeda, once so rare, are today rampant in our society.
Surendra Tripathi, Delhi

Lost in their own land
Pratik Kanjilal's article No man's land (Speakeasy, July 30) about the villagers living along the India-Bangladesh border was really informative. Villagers in these enclaves are at the mercy of the Border Security Force and Bangladesh Rifles. Our boast about democracy sounds vain when one is reminded of the plights of these people.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata