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The editorial It's just verbal gifts for now, doesn't state anything new.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2012 21:26 IST

New Delhi must welcome, not suspect, Beijing's friendliness
The editorial It's just verbal gifts for now (Our Take, September 6), doesn't state anything new. It does what the Indian media has been doing for years: reading between the lines where it's not required. India should welcome and reciprocate China's friendliness without suspecting it or guessing its long-term effects on both countries. It's wrong to state that Beijing's domestic problems could make it a Dr Jekyll-Mr Hyde nation in the years to come, especially at a time when the Indian government is surrounded by a multitude of internal issues.
Bikash Chakravarty, via email

A weak government is Pak's bane
Amit Baruah in Non-performing asset (September 6) rightly states that stable democracy is the need of the hour for Pakistan. But for that Pakistan needs a strong civilian government, which doesn't kowtow to the army. A passive government is detrimental to Pakistan's economy, society, security and its relations with other nations. The recent conflict between the Pakistani government and the judiciary is unfortunate. As Baruah rightly deduces, this is not good news for Pakistan's neighbours too.
Surendra Deo, via email

Politicians are on a power trip
This refers to the editorial Our leaders' tour de farce (Our Take, September 5). What can be more shameful than some politicians going on foreign trips on taxpayers' money while the common man is facing the heat of price rise and economic slowdown? The government should be selective in granting permission for these so-called study tours which are funded by taxpayers. Also, those going on these tours should account for what they have learnt in other countries.
Rajan Kalia, via email