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Letters to the Editor: Political realists

An African American of Kenyan origin is elected to the highest office of the land in his first attempt.

Political realists
The Chinese veto over India’s efforts to question the legitimacy of Pakistan’s release of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi betrays its hypocrisy on issues of terrorism and India’s place in its geostrategic calculus. It proves, again, the callous nature of Chinese foreign policy, which prioritises political pragmatism over any international norm and practice.The suggestion of “direct engagement” is sensible but not practical. While raising its objections with China, India should make it clear that China can’t have dualism in its policy towards India, especially on issues like terrorism. Amritpal Singh, Amritsar

Bad planning
This refers to ‘Behind OROP delay, worry about small hike for jawans’ (IE, June 26). If it’s true that the government is more concerned about the minuscule increase in the pension jawans may get if OROP is implemeted in its present form, then it could simply be a case of “penny wise, pound foolish”. The resentment among ex-servicemen over this delay could prove to be costly. Its effects could be seen in the form of virtual unavailability of manpower to meet our needs in the crucial defence sector. S. Kumar, New Delhi

Dual standards
An African American of Kenyan origin is elected to the highest office of the land in his first attempt. Now an Indian American, already a state governor, has announced his plans to run for US president. (‘Bobby Jindal announces US presidential bid’, IE, June 25) More than the individuals in question, it reflects on the basic strength of a nation that not only believes in the equality of opportunity, but practices it. We lay claim to being a bigger democracy in size, yet we found it anathema to see a woman of foreign origin, duly elected as an MP, as a prospective prime minister. Nor do we think twice before denigrating a sitting vice president. R. Narayanan, Ghaziabad

Scrutinise Salian
This refers to the editorial ‘Says Salian’ (IE, June 26). It is important that Salian’s revelations regarding the Malegaon case be scrutinised. There appear to be some inconsistencies that need to be ironed out. In her interview to The Indian Express, she claimed that ever since “the new government came to power”, she has been under pressure from the NIA to go “soft” on the case. However, in her interaction with a city tabloid, she stated that strings were being pulled even when the UPA was in power in April-May 2013. Moreover, if there are some “rotten eggs” in the NIA, she should divulge their names. V.Chandramohan, Mumbai