India and the Rohingya

India should have a neutral approach towards the Rohingya crisis (“At home and in the world”, Sept. 15). Neither should India call for deporting the Rohingya nor should it welcome them at the moment. Instead of giving a joint statement with Myanmar, India should build international pressure on its neighbour to provide a peaceful environment for the Rohingya to go back to.

Fatehvir Singh Dhindsa,


A long way for Rahul

I watched Rahul Gandhi’s UC Berkeley speech live on television and have come to the conclusion that he has a long way to go to prove that he is a convincing speaker (“Rahul’s U.S. trip aims to win friends, influence people”, Sept. 15). Mr. Gandhi’s team consists of Shashi Tharoor, Sam Pitroda, Milind Deora, and Manish Tewari. Even with a strong backing, Mr. Gandhi’s body language seemed feverish, and he was sometimes unrealistic and unintelligible. What’s more, he strutted and stammered more than once at the question and answer session, exhibiting his inability to answer the questions extempore.

Ravi Mannethu,

Pullad, Kerala

Rahul Gandhi’s reference to dynastic politics in India is not misplaced in the political context, although the U.S. and Berkeley were perhaps not the platform and place for him to air these views. Dynasties are there everywhere in India, prominently in the film industry, for example. Mr. Gandhi may be from the Nehru family, his entry into politics may only be because of this reason, he may not have held any ministerial post in the United Progressive Alliance government and so might be a failed politician on the count of not having experience on the job. But it is unfair to call him an immature politician. The comment on dynasties may have been unwarranted given the podium, but he did speak the truth.

N. Visveswaran,


Once a party sits in the Opposition, it has become an inevitable practice for it to make personal attacks on the head of government. In the past three years, it has become common for Mr. Gandhi to personally attack the Prime Minister. Instead of his image-building endeavours abroad, Mr. Gandhi should spend time at home on party-building exercises that counter the ruling party’s hollow claims of achievement in every nook and corner.

R. Sridharan,


China’s reluctance

There is no point in India and Japan slamming North Korea unless China is also on board (“N. Korea: Japan draws in India”, Sept. 15). The situation is also not going to change unless the U.S. takes steps to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. North Korea perceives these weapons as posing an existential threat to it. China fears that any unravelling of the dictatorship in North Korea will lead to unification of the two Koreas, which will lead to the growth of a formidable new power in the region. That will in turn pose a threat to China’s growing status in the region. China will therefore not go the whole hog in enforcing UN sanctions against N. Korea.

M.P. Muralidharan,


Bullet trains necessary?

This project is a great idea, but it also seems a little misplaced given that there are still places where people do not even have roads to travel, forget bullet trains

(“‘Fly’ on train from Mumbai from 2022”, Sept. 15). This is only increasing the already existing gap between the rich and the poor, between rural and urban areas. Overall development requires both these sections to go forward simultaneously.

Deepika Tripathi,


The media seems to have gone gaga over the new bullet train project. This is a welcome move, but skyscrapers are never raised on dodgy foundations. The functioning of the Railways as a service provider is currently in a deep mess. When 206 rail accidents have been reported in three years, our celebration over a bullet train seems to be a misstep. The Railways is in need of new bogies, a transparent ticketing system, extended tracks, guarded rail crossings, pocket-friendly fares, and good hospitality on board. Most importantly, it is in need of safety.

D.S. Thukral,


Award for ‘The Hindu’

I was delighted to see that The Hindu has bagged two golds and a silver (“The Hindu wins the best news website award at WAN-IFRA awards”, Sept. 14). I am an avid user of technology and The Hindu website has accurate and timely updates. With its simplicity and proper distribution of news, the website makes it easy for students to stay updated.

Manish S.,


Congratulations! I often go to your website whenever I want to read live updates. But a request: lately, you have been mentioning in print a pointer called ‘More on the Web’. Please note that a majority of your readers love the print version only and many can’t access the Web pages. Some like me don’t feel comfortable reading the online edition. So please keep most of the information in the print edition only.

Sudheer Keelambi,

New Delhi

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