Mumbai Raj Khalid: I read that Xi Jinping has been given a pledge for cheap tourist visas. I have just returned from Edinburgh, the town of my alma mater, and I paid more than £90 (approx Rs 9,000) for a six-month visa. If your report is accurate, a Chinese tourist will pay less than this for a two-year multiple entry tourist visa. Given the history between India and the UK, this is patently unfair. Many Indians come to Europe for work and leisure, and I am certain most of us would love to come over to the UK for a weekend or at least stop over en route for a short break and a pint. I sincerely hope a similar cheap visa policy is planned for India. Maybe it will be announced when the Indian prime minister is in the UK.
in FT Weekend
Derbyshire Victor Launert: Mikhail Gorbachev was a man we could do business with; President Xi is a man we must do business with. The world’s future lies in the Far East. It has not only sheer numbers but also the vision, ambition, low-cost economies and hard-working and increasingly well-educated citizens. We may hope China’s commitment to human rights keeps pace with its education and wealth, but we cannot ignore it.
in The Daily Telegraph
London Dr Kusoom Vadgama: The remark by Lord Thomas, the lord chief justice, that it is imperative to build a ‘diverse judiciary’ through robust activism is not without a touch of irony, given that the first woman ever to practise law, in Britain and in India, was Cornelia Sorabji (1866-1954), an Indian woman. It will be the 150th anniversary of her birth next year—and occasion worthy of special honour.
in The Times