* This refers to Once upon a spooky time by Shekhar Gupta (IE,August17). Gupta and Manu Pubby (Nehru okayed US spy flights to China from Orissa base: CIA files,IE,August 17) have presented a clear account of what happened in Charbatia. It portrays Indias relations with the US and China during the 1960s in a new light. Jawaharlal Nehrus decision to allow the US to use Indian territory to spy on China was perfectly sensible,as India did not have the technological capabilities then to monitor its borders with China. These revelations show Nehru in a new light as a hard-headed strategist rather than as soft and idealistic. The games that B.N. Mullick played with Gupta caution us not to believe every report that appears in the papers. Mullick was right to conceal important information regarding national security and foreign relations from Gupta. The writers anecdote regarding Jasjit Singh was thrilling. The style in which it was written felt like a live commentary,as though he was there
Spill the beans
* This refers to Shadow histories (IE,August 17). I would like to add to the list of documents that have curiously not been declassified,even though their time has come. Where are the state documents of Abul Kalam Azad? Fifty five years have elapsed since his sad demise. Yet the National Archives in Delhi is said to be holding only 218 letters of his,written in Urdu and from the period 1953 to 1955. Azad was Indias first minister of education,a position he occupied until just before he died in 1958. His papers would be illuminating to peruse.
Colour of contempt
* This refers to Didis latest: let all red VIP beacons be green (IE,August 17). West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is always in the news for bad reasons. How outrageous of her to approve changing the colour of VIP beacons from red to green,purportedly as a response to a Supreme Court order that criticised the beacons for being a nuisance. Banerjee has shown contempt not only for the courts observations,but also for the legitimate grievances that citizens have against VIP culture.
* This refers to All close down (IE,August 17). We have a lot going for our
economy: domestic private savings are high,the entrepreneurial spirit is abundant,our labour force is young and keen,and the domestic demand has tremendous growth potential. Instead of being obsessed with external issues,the government should tap our unused potential.