Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2017 10:26:52

THERE is no reason for China to become uncomfortable over the visit of Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman to forward military bases in Arunachal Pradesh. The remark made by China that Mrs. Sitharaman’s visit was not conducive to peace in the region is laughable. Because, it is like the pot calling the kettle black. The world knows very well that China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh is totally false. But, in order to keep the pot boiling, it keeps on objecting to the visits of various Indian leaders to the region. In 2015, China had objected to the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s visit to the region. This is simply ridiculous. China has no right to poke its nose in the internal affairs of India. The Defence Minister’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh was to get first-hand knowledge of the situation there and boost the morale of the jawans. China must understand that India will never indulge in any mischief with any nation. At the same time, it must also know that India is fully capable of dealing with any situation, as witnessed by it in Doka La.


THE residents of Delhi are going through a nightmarish experience once again, as stubble burning and moisture has turned the city into a ‘gas chamber’. Thick haze has brought down visibility at an alarming low level, derailing train and flight schedule. People are finding it difficult to breathe. The situation has become so serious that the Indian Medical Association has termed it as a ‘health emergency’, appealing to people to avoid going out of their homes. It is surprising that though the people in Delhi and surrounding areas experience heavy pollution due to smoke caused by stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring areas every year, no effective steps are taken to stop it. The ban on stubble burning imposed by Haryana and Punjab Governments has gone for a toss with farmers stoutly opposing it. They want to be compensated for expenses incurred on disposing of stubble, which they burn to clear their farms for the next crop cycle. As stubble burning affects health of all including farmers, the Government must try to convince them and find a permanent solution.