Apropos of the report Killer coating (October 27), consumers are tempted to buy sweets with silver coating under the impression that such sweets are healthy. But it is a shocking find that not only is the ingredient not silver, but actually aluminium, which is hazardous. Even assuming that
vendors of good repute use silver foil, the fact that the silver gets beaten up for long hours in pouches of leather would not find favour with vegetarians.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
How have the mighty fallen
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article Before the flood, (Between Us, October 27), it is hard to disagree with him about how the mighty Congress became an ‘also-ran’ party. In fact, the losses of the Congress in recent years has benefited the BJP, the Left and other regional parties but the Congress leadership seems to be unmoved. Instead of serious introspection, the Congress enjoys playing the power-broker in various states. If the party is true to its ideals, it should work for the poor and the downtrodden, which was the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Craters in this logic
I am unable to comprehend what Pratik Kanjilal was trying to say in his article Dark Side of the Moon Story, (The Word This Week, October 25). Did he mean that the money spent for the mission should have been spent for the uplift of the man on the street? If yes, then did he ever consider that there has been far larger government spending on things like defence, for example, that do not directly benefit the man on the street? Going by the same logic, he is likely to say that India should not host the Commonwealth Games because it is not benefiting the man on the street.
Korath V Mathew, via email
Call a spade a spade
The editorial If it’s ‘terrorists’, adjectives don’t matter (October 27) is apt. A terrorist is an enemy of humanity and should be seen as such. It is appropriate that religious heads steer clear of pussyfooting around one kind and blasting the other. Also, religious assassinations, attacks on places of worship and forced conversions cannot be tolerated. One must however point out that in the said case, the Hindustan Times editorials have been much more balanced than its reporting.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
Stars in his eyes
Nasir Sultan, who had erroneously and illegally crossed the Indo-Pak border to meet Shahrukh Khan is a star-struck youngster. He is not a criminal and hence must be sent back to Pakistan. I am sure the Hindustan Times campaign will help him get back to his homeland sooner than later.
Vinod Gupta, Delhi
New face of saffron brigade
The investigating agencies are on the right track to unveiling the truth behind the Malegaon blast. The suspected link between the BJP and the chief accused in the case, Pragya Singh Thakur, will be a major source of embarrassment for the BJP in the coming elections. Thakur seems to be the new version of the saffron brigade’s firebrand women leaders like Sadhvi Ritambhara and Uma Bharti. If she is found guilty, the punishment should be exemplary.
Anjan Kumar Samal, Delhi
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