Apropos of the editorial Legitimate concern (January 15), the report of the National Crime Record Bureau that rape is rampant is no doubt shocking, but what has been reported is just the tip of the iceberg. Let us not forget that people in general and the government in particular have become slack about dealing with obscenity in magazines, TV and cinema. This could be a factor in sexual offences increasing in this manner.
There has been lot of talk about the Bharat Ratna and the names of several politicians have been proposed. But it is not only politicians whose contribution is significant. We should not forget our scientists, technocrats, academics and business houses whose contributions are laudable. The person who deserves the Bharat Ratna this year is Ratan Tata. His launch of the world’s cheapest car Nano has added yet another feather in his cap.
Zahid H Khan
I agree with Namita Bhandare’s views in And what is it to you? (January 10) that everyone has a right to have some private moments even if they are celebrities. No one has the right to interfere in people’s personal lives on the pretext of the freedom of the media. Nicholas Sarkozy is legally divorced and he has every right to have a girlfriend. If Carla Bruni has no problem with this, why should others poke their noses in their affair. We need tough laws to prevent people from harassing others like this.
Apropos of the editorial Our disastrous safety record (January 15), if our fire-fighting capabilities are so weak, how can we think of managing a disaster like an earthquake of higher magnitude or, God forbid, a nuclear attack? Our disaster management system is in a poor state. All the security agencies in the country should join hands and collectively work out a strategy to address this issue.
Ravinder Kumar Handa