A new beginning While the Kartarpur corridor is a welcome move, the ceremony was marred by the raking up of the Kashmir issue (“Kashmir the single issue, says Imran,” Nov. 29). It is unfortunate that the Pakistan Prime Minister talks about dialogue for peace on the one hand, but is silent on cross-border terrorism on the other. This comes days after the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai attacks. Hafiz Saeed continues to roam free in Pakistan. In a situation like this, how can there be dialogue for peace? D. Sethuraman, Chennai There have been numerous attempts to improve the India-Pakistan relationship such as the Shimla Agreement, the Agra Summit, the Lahore Declaration and the Samjhauta Express, but there has been no significant improvement. Imran Khan says we need “determined leadership” on both sides to settle the Kashmir issue. This shows that he is keen on improving relations with India. I hope he realises that Pakistan should also show determination to stop terror activities against India. Muhammad Tarique, Secunderabad Mr. Khan is wrong in assuming that ties between India and Pakistan will be normalised once the Kashmir issue is settled. Even if the issue is resolved, Pakistan is certain to come up with some other issue to keep its tensions with India alive. It is in the interest of Pakistan’s military to keep relations with India tense as it helps it appropriate a major portion of the country’s budget for procuring weapons. The country’s security establishment sees India as an existential threat to it, and this has dominated its thinking and policymaking so far. M.P. Muralidharan, Bengaluru Web check-in fee That two major airline operators have decided to levy a fee for web check-in only shows that they are in some financial crisis (“Aviation Ministry wants airlines to drop web check-in fee,” Nov. 29). A serious concern is that there will be longer queues in airports if such a fee is levied. Given the road traffic these days, this could lead to big hassles at the airport. It is better that the decision is recalled. V. Lakshmanan, Tirupur Growth of ‘The Hindu’ It is heartening to note that your newspaper has shown such progress in circulation (“Numbers don’t lie,” Nov. 28). But I’d like to know why there are such fluctuations in price. In Bengaluru, the paper costs Rs. 5 on weekdays, but in some towns it costs as much as Rs. 12. Your major revenue is obviously commercial advertising. Isn’t it reasonable therefore to not raise the price in towns where the average income is lower than that of people in the metros? M.K. Subbiah, Bengaluru At a time when the print media has been yielding considerable ground to online publications, it is heartening to hear that The Hindu has been bucking the trend and registering excellent growth in circulation figures in the last six months. This has been made possible largely due to the high standards of journalism that the paper sets for itself. C.V. Aravind, Chennai Leave them alone Part of the blame for the death of John Allen Chau seems to be in the dilution of the Restricted Area Permit for 29 islands (“Protect indigenous people,” Nov. 28). An obsession with infrastructural development and tourism bodes ill for the survival of the indigenous people. Indeed, the history of colonial occupation of lands belonging to indigenous people all over the world is a tragic and brutal saga of exploitation, even when it has come under the guise of material benevolence. Many such communities are on the verge of extinction. It is imperative that the government protects them. Firoz Ahmad,

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