A cause for concern
The editorial Military fatigues (April 9) highlights the perils of doing too little too late. For more than 60 years we have taken the army for granted, whether it is fighting a war to defend the country, or to rescue an infant who has fallen in a borewell. But when the time comes to pay for the services, we look the other way. The army is short of nearly 12,000 officers and the number is increasing. It is too late to ask the army to stem the rot of corruption and nepotism. Let us start the process with the politicians and civil servants.
Mahesh Jethmalani’s analysis A stop to Himalayan blunders (April 10) is thought-provoking. The brand Satyameva Jayate has been reduced to four-fold untruths as far as India’s Tibet policy is concerned. With Jawaharlal Nehru’s signing the Panchsheel Agreement in 1954 with China, it has held the view that Tibet is an integral part of China. This amounts to denying the truth that Tibet is as independent and separate a country as China is from Tibet in all respects. China’s position that Tibet belongs to China is not something that India should accept.
Up in the air
This is with reference to the editorial Flights of fancy (April 10). The recent episodes of two ministers’ tantrums causing flights to be delayed once again show that there is a conscious effort by the political class to prove that its members are more equal than others. Instead of honouring the provisions of the Constitution, they not only violate existing civic norms but also set a bad example for the common man. It is time they are taken to task for their behaviour.
The extensive security cover being provided to the Olympic flame run in Delhi is getting annoying. By shutting out enthusiastic people in the name of security, the authorities in a bid to please the Chinese are actually barricading the democratic right of free movement. If the threat is so worrying, then it is better that the Olympic flame run is confined to limited environs.