This refers to the timely editorial “How to end this discordance” (Oct. 19). That the relationship between India and China has been strained for some time now is unfortunate. India should engage China in talks and sort out the sensitive bilateral issues without precipitating matters. The media on their part should play a responsible role and avoid speculative reporting, which would heighten the tensions across the borders.
Both India and China have a tremendous responsibility to avoid rhetorical upbraiding of differences on boundary issues. Extreme precaution needs to be taken to ensure that some sections do not do anything to deepen the differences. The media should resist blowing some occurrences out of proportion.
The editorial was a sober and mature assessment of the apparently problematic phase in India-China relations. Neither India nor China is keen on a war, which could ruin everything the two countries have developed and achieved against heavy odds in the past 60 years or more.
Col. C.V. Venugopalan (retd.),
Sino-Indian relations are passing through a problematic phase, thanks to media sensationalism and the vested interests behind it. This causes concern for peace lovers across the globe and those who are opposed to the increased threat of U.S. imperialism and its unwavering commitment to self-serving policies. Given this background, India and China need to act together to protect their interests.
A. Raghunatha Reddy,