We have failed badly on all counts
Like a persistent rash (Chanakya, May 5) rightly points out that a complete failure of our policies, both at the domestic as well as foreign level, and the faulty handling of Pakistan, have resulted in the death of Sarabjit Singh and Sanaullah Haq. Why didn’t both New Delhi and Islamabad reach an agreement where the two prisoners could have been exchanged? This would have, at the least, prevented their deaths. Plying buses or running trains between cities in the two nations is not enough to build strong ties. As far as China is concerned, we do not have a policy and act according to the prevailing situation. Our political leaders talk tough while at home but bow down in front of China’s might. The absence of a strong political will has let us down in our dealings with China.
GK Arora, Delhi
Not such a tasty dish after all
Manas Chakravarty’s article The idli incursion (Loose Canon, May 5) is a good satire about our foreign ministry mandarins and experts on China when they say that there is no cause for worry. They must ask the jawans who are guarding the nation’s borders day and night about their problems. Manas is right that it is the aroma of sambar that got Chinese army personnel to pitch their tents in Indian territory. Come to think of it, neither we nor our foreign policy has failed — it is indeed the aroma of sambar that has failed us.
Gautam Chandra, via email
The border issue between India and China cannot be taken lightly and this issue should not come in the way of nurturing ties between the two nations. To put an end to the border dispute, a bit of courage and vision is needed on the part of India and China. Simultaneously, effective and necessary steps should be taken to consolidate in other areas such as economy, education and technology. Only through sharing knowledge and power can both India and China march ahead on the global stage.
P Saravana Durai, Mumbai
C for Compromised in CBI
Indrajit Hazra in The great dictation (Red Herring, May 5) aptly describes the secrecy and archaic rules that corrupt all those who come in contact with the Congress. Despite all the shame heaped on the party, no insult is too much for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his ilk. The Supreme Court raises the question of autonomy of the CBI in the coal allocation scam. It is a fact now that the country’s principal investigating agency is working solely for the Congress and the UPA government.
M Kumar, via email
The Modi wave may reach Delhi
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article Modi’s Caesar complex (Sunday Sentiments, May 5). The people of Gujarat have repeatedly given a mandate to Narendra Modi to lead and carry Gujarat to a position which other states can emulate. From his speeches and his interaction with the media, top industrialists and celebrities, it is clear that Modi is keen to join national politics and shift his base from Gujarat to New Delhi. The BJP should use his popularity among the masses to the party’s benefit.
CP Chinda, via email
Narendra Modi campaigned for the BJP in Himachal Pradesh and in Karnataka, but the party lost in both the states. The fact is that the Gujarat leader alone cannot change the fortunes of the party. The voice of dissent against projecting Modi as a PM candidate within the BJP should not be underestimated. If the BJP is able to garner 160 seats, only then will the party have a strong case to project Modi as its candidate.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
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