The dragon’s fiery breath is being felt more and more in India.
This refers to the report Mistrust straining Indo-China ties: US (August 26). It’s unfortunate that the US had to alert the defence ministry to the the growing Chinese presence along Indian borders. In the name of constructing highways or repairing roads, China is slowly inching towards our borders. But, ironically, defence projects worth millions of dollars, which are aimed at strengthening our borders with China and Pakistan, are gathering dust.
Gulshan Kumar, Delhi
It just has to fit the bill
With reference to the editorial Move an inch to walk a mile (Our Take, August 26), the UPA government has reneged on its promise to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Instead, it has proposed a highly ineffective bill. It’s clear that none of the parties want to pass the Bill. But now that Anna Hazare and his team have exposed the government’s real intentions, the UPA has no option but to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. Since ends don’t justify the means, it doesn’t matter under what circumstances the government passes the bill. What’s important is that the bill sees the light of day.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
In his article Let’s agree to agree (August 25), Shashi Tharoor rightly argues that the Lokpal Bill alone won’t end corruption. The UPA’s hesitancy in passing the bill confirms that it has many skeletons in its closet.
AP Paracer, Delhi
Cleared but not in the clear
With reference to the editorial Showing some spine (The Pundit, August 23), the recent controversy around Prakash Jha’s film Aarakshan indicates that the day is not far when after getting clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification, every filmmaker will have to get his movie cleared from different communities.
Gautam Prakash, via email