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Politicians should stop making a mess of the presidential elections.

india Updated: May 02, 2012 21:42 IST

This refers to the report BJP says yes to Kalam, no to Pranab, Ansari as prez (May 1). It’s unfortunate that senior BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj are making a mess of the presidential elections by shooting off their mouths. Instead of proposing the names of competent and educated people, they seem to be choosing presidential nominees on the basis of their caste and religion. This is a big mistake. India needs a vivacious, learned and gracious president. She/he should be someone who can take bold decisions, build cordial relations with various heads of State and put India on the map.

Harischandra, via email

Sailing into illegal waters

This refers to the report Italy playing with law process: SC (May 1). The Italian government has put unnecessary pressure on the families of two Indian sailors, who were shot at sea by Italian marines in February. The manner in which the compromise has been struck between the two parties goes against Indian law. The Supreme Court is right in terming the deal “illegal” and “astonishing”. Its criticism of the Kerala government for being a mute witness to the deal is also justified.

N Ramamurthy, via email

Let’s stay within our limits

Bharati Chaturvedi’s article Behaving like colonisers (April 30) highlights an important issue, which is often not given due attention. Rapid urbanisation is taking a toll on animals and birds. We are taking over their habitats, which is reducing their life span. If this is not checked now, this could even lead to their extinction.

Purnima L Toolsidass, Kolkata

First Published: May 02, 2012 21:40 IST