Apropos of your edit ‘Censor dragon’ (January 20), Chinese censorship is notorious. The Communist Party of China’s iron-hold on the country’s politics is, no doubt, strengthened by such censorship. But don’t countries like the US, the UK and many other Western powers suppress voices of dissent—thanks to the broad spectrum nonsense termed “national security” to create a paranoia among the citizens to submit to and support such censorship without realising the state is playing them? Whether it is Snowden or Assange, whether it is Michael Moore or those on McCarthy’s list, these “champions” of free speech have also blackmailed their citizens into stoning those who threaten their political or economic interests. China is terrible, yes. But the Western champions of expression are just as bad.
Clear on nuclear
The clinching of nuclear deal between India and the US is a feather in the cap of the prime minister, Narendra Modi. His astute leadership and sharp political acumen has saved the deal from getting aborted. While the entire country would be happily welcoming the development, the only entities who would frown upon it would be the Indian ‘comrades’; for whom anything associated with the Western world is taboo, and hence, deserves to be roundly condemned.
Arun Malankar, Mumbai
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