The preparedness for Cyclone Phailin has set the right precedent
With reference to the report Phailin leaves trail of destruction, but mass evacuation limit deaths (October 1), the disaster preparedness of various government agencies like state forces and the centrally deployed NDMA, NDRF and Army for Cyclone Phailin that helped reduce the number of casualties was indeed exemplary. The way the Herculean task of evacuating over 9 lakh people was carried out speaks volumes about the impeccable coordination among the various agencies.
This also underlines the need to pay heed to the warnings of the meteorological department in future and draw up risk reduction plans for various natural disasters. Similar timely action could have saved many lives in the Uttarakhand tragedy. But, the authorities concerned still cannot ease up as rehabilitation and relief work will take many months.
Bal Govind, via email
In the wake of the visa row, the PM must give the China visit a miss
With reference to the report India criticises China over stapled visas for archers (October 13), the Chinese authorities’ decision to issue stapled visas to two archers from Arunachal Pradesh to participate in the youth world archery championship doesn’t augur well for Indo-Sino relations.
New Delhi should in the strongest possible terms make it clear to Beijing that Arunachal is an integral and inseparable part of India and it will not compromise its position on sovereignty over the border region. In the wake of recent developments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should cancel his visit to China.
Devendra Khurana, Bhopal
Pakistan is not making efforts to ensure peace along the LoC
With reference Barkha Dutt’s article Tunnel at the tunnel’s end (The Third Eye, October 12), the massive infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) indicate that Pakistan is not serious about improving ties with India. Moreover, Lt-Gen Rashad Mehmood, currently chief of general staff at the army’s General Headquarters and protégé of army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, is likely to be the next army chief.
He is expected to continue his predecessor’s anti-India policies. Under these circumstances there’s little that could defuse tensions along the LoC.
Subhash Vaid, via email