Not a party
This refers to the editorial, ‘UPA to NDA’ (IE, June 13). By making it clear that the Union government will defend army chief designate Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag in the Supreme Court, Defence Minister Arun Jaitely has sent a clear message that the new dispensation under Narendra Modi will play by the rules, that there is no place for partisanship in matters of national interest. It is time Union minister of state and former army chief V.K. Singh exercised restraint and refrained from casting aspersions on the army chief designate. As MoS for the development of the Northeast, he should devote his energies to addressing the aspirations of the people of that region.
— M. Jeyaram
This refers to ‘Defence projects near China border in fast lane’ (IE, June 13). This will send the right message to China and other hostile neighbours who have been taking India for granted. Last year, China escalated tensions with the Depsang incursions and tried to dictate how India should patrol the border. This year, the Modi government has signalled that India and China can only engage as equals.
Health of the nation
This refers to ‘Of primary importance’ by N. Devadasan (IE, June 11). Primary health centres are of vital importance, especially for rural India, which depends on them for most treatment. Given that doctors are unwilling to work at PHCs, it is time the government thought of how to improve them. But for serious ailments, people in cities as well as those from rural areas will by-pass nearby hospitals and opt for an AIIMS or a Safdarjung Hospital. The load on these hospitals has increased with the growth in population. This can be addressed in two ways: by improving resources and the quality of doctors in these hospitals and by opening more such hospitals in various parts of the country. Moreover, these hospitals could also contribute to research work, an area in which India lags behind other countries.
— V.P. Pandey
This refers to the editorial ‘Stop at blue’ (IE, June 13). The biggest problem in India’s political system is that ministers think they are all powerful. They think that everything must be done according to their personal preference. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent diktat is a prime example of this problem. If Didi really wants to see the city in blue and white then she must give the public a good reason for it. Democracy does not mean that people elect leaders once in five years and then the elected leaders can do whatever they want.
— Anshul Mittal