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Meaning of China’s provocations

China denying visa to Lt-Gen B.S. Jaswal on the ground that he had Jammu and Kashmir under his charge is tantamount to questioning and undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity and is blatant interference in its internal affairs (editorial, “China’s unfriendly acts: India needs to take a tougher stand”, Aug 30). Earlier it had the impudence to issue visa to people from Kashmir on a separate sheet.  

China’s provocations are not without an underhand purpose. It finds India as its rival internationally and regionally. China is, therefore, employing all tactics and strategies overtly and covertly to psyche out India to keep it out of its way. It has no hesitation in working against India’s interests in the international organisations and forums. China is openly obstructing India’s efforts to get a permanent membership of the UN Secuity Council.

Pakistan is being pampered by it to keep India embroiled in the regional affairs. Pakistan is happily playing a hatchet man for China without understanding the dangerous implications of this policy.  

No country has a right to object to the other country’s sovereign right of deploying its civilian or military personnel in any of its part. How will China react if India refuses visas to their generals who are or were deployed in Tibet where the violations of human rights are an open secret and often attract international attention?

China has a confrontational and hostile attitude toward India. There should be a limit to everything. If China does not relent and stop treading on India’s toes, the latter should also work out a strategy to pay the former in the same coin.

HEMA, Langeri, Hoshiarpur

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Autonomy or growth?

We fully agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Farooq formula for J&K”  (Aug 30). Indeed, more than autonomy the people of J&K need economic development so that the problem of the unemployed youth is solved. In fact, the valley is crying for development. Autonomy can be discussed but within the framework of the Constitution.

 AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA,  Griffith, NSW Australia

Leaders of integrity

The article “Army’s image on the decline” ((Aug 28) by Maj-Gen Ashok K. Mehta (retd) has clearly established that whatever the media has been reporting on various incidents in the Army cannot be taken as mere aberrations. The retired officers feel hurt whenever they read reports of misdeeds in the Army.

No doubt, the civil environment has affected our soldiers and officers, yet they have to be taught to fight against materialistic temptations and to maintain the highest standards of moral values, integrity and character which form the very foundation of the Army. The correction has to be top down. Our promotion policy needs a major review and must lay maximum emphasis on the moral character, moral courage and integrity. When the Army has leaders of integrity in place, everything would fall in line.

Brig JOGINDAR SINGH (retd), Sunhet

Mere numbers

The editorial “Reduced to a number” (Aug 23) has rightly opined that we have been reduced to numbers. Recently the telecom authority revealed that they are going to change the present landline number to ten digits as the present system has collapsed. The younger generation has accepted the new system where everything is a number but the older generation is not in a position to tackle so many numbers.


Find an amicable solution 

The editorial “All eyes on the verdict” (Aug 31) was apt. Indeed, the suggestion of making a monument dedicated to communal amity and brotherhood at the disputed site in Ayodhya deserves a closer look.

Historians tell us that for every historical event there are many narratives and a historian chooses anyone of these in keeping with his ideological predilections. No one can, however, be sure as to which narrative is correct. We are misusing history for our own political goals. History has become a powerful tool for some politicians in India. It is for the people of India to decide whether national interests are more important or the interests of a few religious fanatics.

The idea of an out-of-court settlement may be good and in view of this possibility some fair-minded Hindus and Muslims should come forward to find a solution to this complex problem with the spirit of give and take. Many suggestions in this direction have already been mooted but an honest and sincere dialogue should search for a solution acceptable to both communities to enable the nation to concentrate on real issues.

If the issue defies a solution, then the citizens of India should make an open appeal to Hindu and Muslim leaders to offer the land in Ayodhya for the construction of a hospital with all modern facilities. 

Let the judiciary play its part by expediting its verdict. How long the country will keep on suffering on account of decades’ old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute?

RANI ASRA, Ferozepur City



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