January 28, 2015 12:30:38 am
Letter of the Week Award
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Letters to the editor
R.K. Laxman’s cartoons reflected the reader’s desires and dreams (‘Legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94’, IE, January 27). Making a reader smile is a tough task but Laxman was able to lighten our days with consummate ease. Each sketch was a result of hours of hard work and in-depth study of men and matters. Of course, it helped that he was gifted with an unmatched imagination. He used to say cartooning was like filming a movie. He could depict the nuances and moods of politics like no one else. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
— Ganapathi Bhat
A delicate balance
APROPOS the editorial, ‘Symbolism plus’ (IE, January 27), India had started to drift away from the US. But after US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting in the US a few months ago, things seem to be back on track. India now enjoys warm and cordial, even affectionate, relations with the US. But our partnership should be equitable. Indian citizens must not be burdened in order to benefit the US and its companies. Cooperation in the nuclear and defence fields must be in consonance with our “Make in India” policy. In the past, the US has prioritised its own selfish agenda. Our politicians and diplomats must tread cautiously — a fine balance has to be struck. Further, our relations with China and Russia must not be made to suffer.
— S.C. Vaid
Best of Express Premium
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s visit has proved to be much more fruitful than expected — the end of the seven-year deadlock over the civil nuclear agreement, the defence technology transfer initiative, Obama’s comments making the US’s stand on terror as well as on India’s role in South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region clear are significant for India. On the economic front, significantly, Obama announced $4 billion worth of initiatives to boost trade and investment ties as well as jobs in India, and opened up new sources of financing for social development ventures through a new Indian diaspora investment initiative. His comment at the US-India CEO summit, “Let’s make it possible for a young woman in rural India to start a business with a partner in America that will change both their lives”, shows his vision for India. Modi’s diplomacy has instilled new warmth in India-US relations. He must take note of Obama’s observation about the procedural difficulties that make doing business in India difficult and quickly move on economic and structural reforms.
— M.C. Joshi
THE government must implement the Shanta Kumar panel’s recommendations to implement direct cash transfers. The people will benefit and government expenditure will come down.
— C. Koshy John
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