A change in attitude is the key to sustenance
The report Out of habit (The Big Story, August 16) presented a lopsided account of the state of missionaries in India.india Updated: Aug 23, 2009 00:31 IST
The report Out of habit (The Big Story, August 16) presented a lopsided account of the state of missionaries in India. Having studied in a convent school, I realised that while the discipline and decorum maintained there was applaudable, the harassment of young nuns by seniors was tragic. To ensure that missionaries do not disappear from our country, we need a change in attitude of the people and priests and nuns alike. I also feel that being a part of the vocation is not a prerequisite to spread the word of God or lead a pious life.
Neha Scott, Delhi
An actor and a controversy, good recipe for publicity
The reaction to Shah Rukh Khan’s detention at Newark Airport reflects how we are accustomed to being given VIP treatment, even if it puts national security at risk or flouts the law. The actor’s U-turn over the matter was also equally astonishing. The controversy and hype is around Shah Rukh’s claim that he was detained for having a common surname ‘Khan’. His next movie is titled My name is Khan. Does that ring a bell?
Partha Pratim Choudhury, Gurgaon
After all, politics is also a business
Vir Sanghvi’s view in Bhaisaabs, fight your battles elsewhere (Counterpoint, August 16) that corporate greed and financial manipulations have gone out of hand and are now threatening the government and the judiciary. The way our Members of Parliament are siding with either of the Ambani brothers shows that money has overshadowed social principles and political ideologies. At the end of the day it’s our money that the Ambani brothers, and the government, are fighting over. Politicians should realise they are supposed to work for the welfare of people and not industrialists.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
It is amazing that on the one hand Vir Sanghvi claims he doesn’t know much about the ongoing battle between the Ambanis, but writes a full column on the issue. Though Sanghvi has prominently labelled members of the Samajwadi Party as Ambani-wadis, he seems to have conveniently forgotten the close relations between the Congress’ petroleum minister and Mukesh Ambani. Some Rajya Sabha members have even openly claimed their association with Reliance Industries. However, none of them seems to find a place in Sanghvi’s memory.
George Sebestian, via email
Get your facts right, Jaswant Singh
There could have been a better way for Jaswant Singh to retrieve himself from the political morass than distorting history (Jaswant’s Jinnah, Sunday Sentiments, August 16). It’s known to all that M.A. Jinnah was the driving force behind the Partition, even when Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi gave him an opportunity to work towards creating a united India. Jaswant Singh’s interpretation of Jinnah and his actions highlights his ignorance of the history of our own country.
A.D. Pandey, Delhi
While Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Mountbatten and M.A. Jinnah ultimately agreed to Partition, it is Jinnah who was the real culprit for his insistence to have a separate Muslim homeland. He cannot be pardoned for dividing the two nations and causing grave distress and pain to millions from both sides of the border. The BJP has every right to condemn Jaswant Singh for his pro-Jinnah comments. His expulsion from the party is a welcome step. After all, Jaswant Singh called for it.
A.K. SHARMA, Chandigarh
Dos and don’ts for swine flu
Swine flu is spreading in India at an alarming rate (The hysterical HN, Loose Canon, August 16). We need to increase security at airports to stop the infection from spreading further. the media too should handle the issue delicately. Sensationalising the issue will create panic and hamper the efforts to contain the virus.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi