People from around the world send in their feedback on our stories. Here are some selected comments. They reflect our reader's concerns regarding issues big and small.
Oh! the situation is going the way you can see. The same tendency has repeated itself in the last two decades. Not unlike Naoto Kan, Yoshihiko Noda aims to use his power to get settled, with his conservative policy and getting cooperation from the bureaucracy. After all, he is also exploited by bureaucrats. People have recognized that the DPJ have no abilities to realize the governmental reform, and also Ichiro Ozawa could never bring back prosperity. Me myself, I don't oppose Noda over rising sales tax. It has been forecasted two decades ago, but I have a serious suspicion that he is resuscitating Japanese nuclear policy at the same time. It seems sly.
Masao Honma, Japan
On: Revolt in Japan's ruling party raises prospect of early elections, July 2
Government spends money on malls, highways, flyovers but not on storage. When it is elementary to common people with little understanding of economics, why is the government shying away from bringing in the much-needed storage systems? After all, they have economists as PM's, FM's and advisors. The answer probably lies elsewhere. The middlemen who have a stranglehold on the grain trade do no not want a fair price system. They would like the seller to be desperate to take any price offered to him and then make a killing by selling at a higher price. Unless and until this nexus of middlemen, bureaucrats and politicians is broken, we cannot expect major changes and the situation will be allowed to deteriorate further.
Vijaykumar Kilar, India
On: Rotting grain adds to India's food problem, June 25
For much too long have women been regarded as "second class" citizens and this should be remedied, sooner rather than later!
John Doonan, UK
On: Indian women use mobile phones for self defense, June 19
Surprising and yet not surprising. I think India produces a large amount of generic drugs for the developed world markets. I am finding it very hard to get my prescribed drugs in the UK on the NHS that are not produced in India or (God forbid!) in China. I do not trust things I have to ingest that are made in those countries but it is almost impossible to get a drug made in Europe that has a generic license on the NHS. India and Dr Reddy are there to make the developed world well. Yet India cannot/WILL NOT look after its own people.
Dorotheen Strass, UK
On: India's health services in urgent need of treatment, May 25
Thank you for your article on the trial of Sahar Gul's torturers. What Monika Hauser of the women's rights organization Medica Mondiale said is true. "We have to keep in mind that in this country, especially in the provinces, there are many, many Sahar Guls," she said. "That is why it is of vital importance that laws are finally upheld and that the international community does not relent in exerting pressure on President Hamid Karzai's government." Thank you for exposing this horrific wrong that has been done to this young girl. Thank you for keeping this issue alive in the public consciousness. Please do not relent! Please continue to keep track of Sahar Gul's recovery and safety. If possible, please let your readers know how to help her escape to a free country as she has stated she desires to do. Public scrutiny may be the only thing that will effectively keep this girl safe from the retribution of her torturers. The media must continue to exert unrelenting pressure on the government of Hamid Karzai as Monika Hauser said in your article. Thank you.
Patricia Shields, US
On: Justice for Sahar Gul: Justice for all Afghan women, May 10
With both India and Pakistan a neutral body such as the United Nations or maybe former colonial ruler Great Britain or a neutral country that both nations could agree to have as a neutral helper, e.g. Australia, Canada or New Zealand (cricket and field hockey background) Germany (field hockey) etc. I know the sporting examples might sound a bit over the top but both India and Pakistan do deal at administration level with these particular nations in these sports. This could help ease any concerns and might bring some positive results to these disputes.
Stuart John Pearson, Australia
On:India and Pakistan reopen talks over world's highest battlefield, June 11
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