China threat: India should be ready for any eventuality

It’s absurd to think that breaking business ties with China will teach our neighbour a lesson (India, China to dump border for business? September 18). Instead, it will only serve to reveal India’s immaturity in dealing with such issues. Instead of juggling alternatives, the government should strengthen its defence forces and be prepared for any eventuality. The Chinese have always seen India as a weak enemy. They should realise that India has changed a lot since 1962.

J.L. Ganjoo, Delhi

We aren’t game for the Games

The report First slap for Delhi (September 18) comes as no surprise. The slack preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010 have been in the news for long now. Despite this, the government keeps assuring us that everything is under control. Who is it trying to fool with its false assurances that all deadlines will be met? Even if the authorities somehow manage to complete the work on time, it will be of substandard quality. So, it’s a lose-lose situation for India.

Devendra Narain, via email


Rahul Verghese in Our common wealth (September 16) rightly argued that it’s high time the government gave serious thought to how it plans to make the coming Commonwealth Games a spectacular event. This is no time to play the blame game. The government should try to nurture a feeling of national pride in people and ask for their cooperation in making the Games a successful event.

Soma Biswas, Delhi

Choose the winning side

The question over the legal validity of whether Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India does not arise in Samrat’s article Promised land (September 17). There is every proof that J&K was, and is, an integral part of India. Even the Kashmiris should understand that aligning with India will work in their favour. Pakistan, which is struggling with its internal problems, has nothing left to offer to the people of Kashmir.

P.L. Bakhshi, Delhi


It seems Samrat wanted to know everything about the Kashmir problem in just four days. Writing about what five people think as a possible solution to the problem is not the best way to portray the general perception. It is important to get the facts right before jumping to any conclusion, especially while dealing with matters of national importance.

Vineet Kaul, Jammu

Security versus austerity

The recent austerity drive of the Congress party is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The real purpose behind it is to improve the party’s public image to garner more votes in the upcoming Assembly elections. But the government can’t fool the people, who are mature enough to see through its pretence. Who will be held responsible if this austerity gimmick ends up posing a serious security threat to MPs in the future?

Amitabh Saxena, Dubai


The austerity drive has failed to impress the masses. Instead, it is putting the lives of others travelling with the VIPs at risk. Being austere is a value that cannot be taught through diktats. If the government is serious about cutting down its expenditure, it should take stock of rampant corruption all around us. VIP austerity cannot come at the cost of the common man’s security.

Aroma Bhardwaj, via email


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