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Letters to the Editor: China’s Mistake

When China blocked the bid for UN action against Pakistan over Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, it made the same mistake as the US did.


June 26, 2015 4:12:51 am

This refers to the editorial, ‘Difficulty with China’ (IE, June 25). When China blocked the bid for UN action against Pakistan over Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, it made the same mistake as the US did. The US had tried to use the mujahideen in Afghanistan, but is struggling now to contain the terrorists. Beijing’s move is even riskier for China because of its geographical proximity to Pakistan and also because of the increasing troubles in its western regions. The sooner China realises that siding with terrorist outfits never brings benefits, the better it would be for the region.

– Nitin Ghuge, New Delhi

Harvest and Rain

The Indian story has always been either drought or flood, or flood here and drought there (‘On the field, tracking the farmers as they wait for rain’, IE, June 25). Rarely do we see blissful weather. Though much needed, rains can turn into a disruptive fury overnight. After Mumbai’s misery, it was Gujarat’s turn to bear the brunt. Assam’s disastrous floods have ceased to be news. It’s the evasive and insensitive approach of political leaders over the years that is to blame. Drainage and sewerage systems were never given due attention. Rainwater harvesting has to be taken up urgently.

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– H.L. Sharma, Amritsar

Cashless Economy

Ours is a predominantly cash-based economy. There’s palpable concern about black money and its discernible negative impact on inclusive growth. One of the best strategies to tackle black money is by encouraging cashless transactions. Any efforts towards making the economy cashless deserve praise. By eliminating deterrents, such as transaction costs on credit and debit cards, the government can ensure that its ambitious drive for a cashless economy doesn’t end up a damp squib.

– M. Jeyaram, Sholavandan

Cricket Oath

India performed in the final ODI as per expectations (‘A victory after Bangladesh steal march’, IE, June 25). This gives credence to reports of discontent among players during the previous two ODIs. Players should accept that their egos have zero value if they don’t perform. They shouldn’t take the support of cricket enthusiasts for granted. To prevent a recurrence of this, players should take an oath on the eve of every match to give their best.

– S. Rajagopalan, Chennai

 

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