A deliberate oversight cannot undermine Netaji’s stature
It appears that the UPA government has forgotten Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose completely. Sadly, there was no mention of Netaji in any newspaper on his birthday, January 23. It cannot be a slip of the mind or human error. It seems we are returning to the Nehru era when no one was allowed to take the name of Netaji in public. Even in Parliament House, only a couple of MPs were there to pay tributes to Netaji. But efforts by selfish individuals to snub him cannot undermine Netaji’s contribution to the freedom struggle.
C.K. Sharma, via email
A Left behind view
Sitaram Yechury’s article Renaissance man (Left Hand Drive, January 25) was baffling, to say the least. If what Yechury says is true, then why is Jyoti Basu’s experimental ‘Utopia’, West Bengal, one of the poorest states in India? Why did the people of the state migrate in hordes during Basu's reign? Why has the state remained backward despite decades of unbroken communist rule? The very fact that Yechury is even talking about the ‘economic independence of the people’, is nothing but a joke.
Somnath Karunakaran, via email
Reap the benefits of technology
The editorial Sowing seeds of confusion (Our Take, January 23), was a timely reminder that we need to open our minds to new technologies, if at all we are to address the issue of feeding India’s increasing population. With frequent seed and pesticide shortages, many farmers have begun migrating to cities in search of a steady income. This trend needs to be reversed before it’s too late.
Mittur N. Jagadish, Bangalore