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With reference to the report China inching closer in Arunachal (October 4), it’s difficult to understand why our successive governments have always tried to play down Chinese incursions into Indian territories, be it Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2011 21:56 IST

The Dragon is breathing down India’s neck. But do we care?
With reference to the report China inching closer in Arunachal (October 4), it’s difficult to understand why our successive governments have always tried to play down Chinese incursions into Indian territories, be it Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh. But it’s high time we stopped turning a blind eye to the increasing presence of Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh. China must be appropriately warned against violating the border agreement.
Satya Prakash, via email

A real hall of shame
This refers to the report Parliame-ntarians shocked by ugly incidents in J&K assembly (October 4). The visuals of the ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly have put our democracy to shame. It shows that the elected representatives of the State have no regard for the sanctity of the House. It is also unbecoming of the Speaker to hurl abuses at his colleagues. It seems that the Jammu and Kashmir ministers forgot that the proceedings of the House were being recorded.
NR Ramachandran, Chennai

From the haves to the have-nots
The Planning Commission’s definition of poverty is ridiculous (Counting on them, Our Take, October 4). It’s surprising that the government accepted the Commission’s recommendation until people forced the UPA government to reconsider its decision. Our politicians draw huge salaries, apart from making the most of the various perks they are entitled to. Every politician should be asked to take a salary cut. The money thus saved should be utilised to provide food at affordable prices to the poor.
AD Pareek, Jaipur