Among the 60 bungles Outlook records in its Feb 1 issue, one refers to the offer India got for a permanent seat in the UN (Security Council) in 1955, which Nehru refused. I’d raised this through a parliamentary question in the 10th Lok Sabha (1991-96) of which I was a member. Despite my best efforts, I wasn’t provided details and the question was disallowed. I’m now requesting you to please pursue this issue and unveil the facts with regard to the offer of a permanent Security Council seat in the UN and refused by the then prime minister. The issue has now acquired immense importance and relevance, as India has been struggling and begging to get a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for a decade now. The role of China in this regard, keeping the background in view, is also quite amazing (and amusing!). B.C. Khanduri, Dehradun
Outlook could also have included the blunder Indira made during the Simla Agreement—not taking up on Bhutto’s offer to part with their ‘Kashmir’ in exchange for 90,000 PoWs. Bharat Trivedi, on e-mail
Deriding Anbumani Ramadoss as moral policeman for asking cinestars to shun smoking scenes is absurd. Also items 35, 36 and 51 were completely irrelevant and seemed to have been included just to make up the number; instead some other ‘worthy’ blotches could have been added. V. Pandy, Tuticorin
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