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india Updated: Dec 18, 2012 23:31 IST

Don’t let Rehman Malik change the tone of India-Pak discourse

With reference to the editorial Shooting from the lip (December 18), the fact that India let Pakistan’s interior minister off the hook after he stirred up a hornet’s nest by saying he wasn’t sure whether Captain Saurabh Kalia “was killed by a Pakistani bullet or the weather” is a case of very bad diplomacy. By letting Malik shoot his mouth off in India, we are letting the discourse go off track. It is high time more discretion is exercised when it comes to hosting dignitaries from Pakistan.

Gagandeep, via email

Time to move on in Gujarat

There’s little doubt that Narendra Modi is poised for a victory in the third successive assembly elections in Gujarat (Exit polls: Modi wave in Guj, Cong edge in HP, December 18). The exit polls clearly show that the Gujarat of 2002 has moved on and only that political party will win which is fighting the elections on the plank of development and governance. For political parties, which keep on raking up the issue of the riots, there will be few electoral dividends.

Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

Help people age with dignity

With reference to the editorial From autumn to spring (December 17), it is appalling that in our country the elderly are treated as people who have outlived their utility value. The fact that people abandon their parents is a stark reminder of eroding family values. But, in such a dismal situation, the government must intervene to ensure that the elderly are taken care of under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and create provisions for institutional care in the form of assisted living so that people can age with dignity.

GK Arora, Delhi