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Growing a spine | The Indian Express

This refers to ‘Curtains on Saifai event as stars praise CM, Mulayam’ (IE, January 10). * This refers to Our Indian Feudal Service by Shekhar Gupta (IE,December 21). I must disagree on this one. The bottomline is that for once it is refreshing to see the gutless UPA stand up to the Americans in a way that is different from the traditional lecturing to them. Remember,the government hardly protested at the revelation of the PMO and the offices of our ambassador to the UN being bugged,while the president of Brazil cancelled a visit to the White House for the same reason? In the past,we have helped Americans without diplomatic immunity who have killed Indians get out of the country without prosecution. The present row goes some distance towards ensuring that this will not happen again in future. Arvind Panagariya. New York. Uncommon sense. * I loved Shekhar Guptas sarcastic article (Our Indian Feudal Service,IE,December 21). Thank god the writer stood up for the rule of law and common decencies. Its good that the piece brought up Dominique Strauss-Kahn,who was also arrested by Preet Bharara. A fantastic line from the piece was: creative FIR writers are not for PLUs. Also: Uski naani yaad dila denge. Or maybe even get some uncle of his in Jalandhar or wherever charged with atrocities under the SC/ST act. I have known Italian and French diplomats posted in India. They sign a document in their native countries that they will not break the law in their host countries. Of course,such conventions are not for Indian diplomats,as everyone else in the world (except Indian babus) is a mere mortal. Thanks for standing up for common sense and good values. Roma Shah. Mumbai. Cooking books. * This refers to the editorial Ill fitting caps (IE,December 24). The government loses tax revenue if higher royalty and technology licencing fees are paid by a foreign subsidiary to its parent company because these are treated as expenses and tax liability is thus reduced. Royalty and licencing fees are determined by intellectual property rights (IPR) being licenced. If the charges include royalty for expired or unlicenced IPR,or for IPR that is irrelevant to the licenced technology,this is clearly wrong. R. Saha. Noida. Results awaited. * Its now time for the AAP to fulfil their promises making the city corruption free,reducing electricity and water bills,etc. Having cleared the entrance exam,only time will tell whether the AAP gets a distinction.
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