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Disputed territory

This refers to Minxin Pei’s article ‘Past choppy waters’

Written by The Indian Express | Published: October 24, 2012 2:47 am

Disputed territory

This refers to Minxin Pei’s article ‘Past choppy waters’ (IE,October 15). The Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of the territory of Japan. The author says the Senkaku Islands were “originally owned by the Chinese Qing dynasty but ceded to Japan after the first Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95”. This is misleading. From 1885,the Japanese government conducted surveys of the Senkaku Islands and it was confirmed that they were uninhabited and showed no trace of being under Chinese control. According to a cabinet decision in 1895,the islands were formally incorporated into the territory of Japan. These measures were in line with the means to acquire territorial sovereignty accepted by international law. Japan’s acquisition of sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands has no connection with World War II. It was not until 1971 that the Chinese began to make assertions about territorial sovereignty. Prior to this,references to the Japanese “Senkaku Islands” were

made in various Chinese documents.

—Ryoji Noda,Director,Japan Information Centre,Embassy of Japan,Delhi

Hygiene first

MINISTER Jairam Ramesh has compensated for his comment that India has more temples than toilets with a practical suggestion to women: “don’t get married in a house where there is no toilet’ (‘No toilet,No bride: Jairam Ramesh’,IE,October 21).

The proposal,if implemented,would revolutionise the attitude of poorer sections of society toward personal and public hygiene. Ramesh should take this scheme forward by offering incentives for the construction of toilets,including subsidies if necessary.

—S.Rajagopalan

Chennai

Low on confidence

GUJARAT CM Narendra Modi seems to be losing some of his self-assurance (‘Narendra Modi meets RSS chief,wants Joshi,Togadia “reined in”’,IE,October 22). Does he feel threatened by other leaders,such as Pravin Togadia,Sanjay Joshi and Keshubhai Patel? In spite of his apparent popularity in Gujarat,sections of the RSS seem uneasy with Modi. Perhaps the chief minister now feels he needs to secure his position.

—Suren Abreu

Mumbai

Tragic loss

THIS refers to ‘Express reporter dies in Ludhiana road accident’ (IE,October 23). I was very sad to read about the untimely death of Amrita Chaudhry,principal correspondent with The Indian Express,in Ludhiana. Every morning for the past several years,I have looked for her comprehensive and thoughtful reports on Punjab. Her death in a car accident is a tragic reminder of the consequences of careless driving. This is especially rampant on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road,where the accident occurred. May her soul rest in peace.

—Vinod Sharma

Moga

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