Points of view
* This refers to Rashtrapati Bhavan laid low by a road (IE,April 15). Delhis central vista,including the approach to Rashtrapati Bhavan,was designed by the architects Lutyens and Baker after much deliberation and an in-depth study of aesthetics. The question of the slope of the road from the foot of Raisina Hill to the main entrance of Rashtrapati Bhavan was debated between the two. Baker suggested that the road be kept horizontal for 500 metres and then dip. Lutyens was for a direct descent right from the main entrance,so that the whole building was visible while driving from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Baker felt this would be a security hazard. The matter was resolved in a formal meeting with Lord Irwin,who agreed that only the central dome of the building should be visible from India Gate. The rest of the building should be visible only to a restricted few. The issues raised,discussed and decided are still relevant. Privacy,security and aesthetics should be taken into account when making new plans for the road.
* FORMER Pakistan president Pervez Musharrafs plan to contest the May elections has backfired (Playing court,IE,April 19). All four nomination papers filed by him have been rejected by the Election Commission. With the Islamabad High Court cancelling his bail,Musharraf was seen fleeing the court premises. But he was arrested on Friday morning for imposing an emergency in 2007 and illegally sacking judges,among other charges. Musharraf enjoys little politcal support and the Pakistan army does not seem to be in a position to intervene either. There will be rough times ahead for him.
* THE US immigration reform bill sponsored by the Gang of Eight,which consists of four Democrats and four Republicans,could spell disaster for the the Indian IT industry (Going to America,IE,April 18). While increasing the number of visas available for specialised jobs,the bill also includes proposals for making companies pay extra if they derive most of their workforce from H-IB visa holders. India-based IT service providers have given jobs to thousands of US citizens and helped many US companies realise new products and efficiencies. The US immigration bill may adversely affect the healthy competitiveness of the economy.
C. Koshy John
River runs through it
* THIS refers to As the Brahmaputra bends by P. Stobdan (IE,April 19). The author has rightly pointed out that Chinas opaque official stance and its reluctance to share information have made India jittery. India is right to question its neighbour on taking the decision to build dams on the Tsangpo without consultation. Perhaps India could collaborate with other Asian countries suffering from Chinas unilateral actions on trans-border rivers. The Brahmaputra issue could bleed into the border disputes between the two countries. India would do well to pre-empt this and press China to resolve the question of water-sharing in a peaceful manner.
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