Apropos of the editorial Ready for action (The pundit, May 29) Anupam Kher has merely expressed his delight and excitement more honestly than other Indian actors who have got parts in foreign productions. Others often exaggerate their small or inconsequential appearances and hog the limelight for taking India places. It is indeed a matter of great pride to work with Woody Allen for any actor, especially one as acclaimed and talented as Kher. Kher is a better actor than most of our ‘stars’ but he should ask himself whether he wants to be the cornerstone in a project or a stone in the corner.
Shahzad Zaman, Allahabad
The new-age politician is here
This is with reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Standing tall (Third Eye, May 23). Rahul Gandhi represents the new-age Indian politician to whom reforms matter more than power. Dutt has rightly stated that there is a small difference between following your mind and heart and negating public opinion. Rahul realises that difference very well and has used it to his benefit. All politicians must learn from Rahul and place national interest above selfish gain. It is this quality in Rahul Gandhi that has made him popular with the masses.
Ayesha Khaman, via email
Live and let live
It is a matter of national shame that the brave people of Punjab and Haryana are destroying public property. These people on the streets are neither Sikhs nor Hindus, but simply misguided youths being used by leaders who lost the recent elections. The faces of youths brandishing swords speak of blind hatred. It is the duty of all Indians to condemn such incidents.
Ved Prakash Sheoran, Rohtak
The apparent havoc unleashed by the Dera Sach Khand in Punjab shows a high level of intolerance. I feel deeply sorry for helpless commuters, particularly children, who have been stranded in such cruel weather — despite being far-removed from the skirmish in faraway Vienna. Ironically, a host of Muslim clerics are killed in Iraq and Pakistan in similar clashes but we have not heard about any such instance in India, involving Muslims who are often blamed for their so-called intolerance.
Shadab Husain, Lucknow
The rot runs deep
It was no surprise to read the article Sick practices by Jaya Shroff Bhalla (May 28) since such activities and rampant corruption have become common in all government departments and in private organisations too.The purchases were made and to influence authorities by enabling them to buy favours and engage in rigging. These need to be checked by a private detective team in each department or organisation and fresh quotations must be taken and the processes duly verified. Yet there seems to be little hope of checking such deep-rooted corruption.
M Sampathkumar, Delhi
Not a good beginning
Apropos of the editorial Will someone take control? (Our take, May 27), politics has become the domain of certain families, with no weightage given to qualifications or age. With a comfortable majority, it was expected that Manmohan Singh will have more elbow room in the formation of the new Government. But the DMK family feud has resulted in the swearing-in of certain of ministers. Added to this, the question of T.R. Baalu, who is known for political venality, and A. Raja, took several days to sort out. Such a beginning does not augur well for the UPA. A high quotient of resistance will not only make the alliance tenuous, it will also lead to other allies making absurd demands.
SK Shah, Delhi
A step in the wrong direction
Apropos of the editorial Again, a blast from the past (Our Take, May26), regarding the randomness of North Korea’s decision in carrying out a second nuclear test, despite warnings from the UN Security Council, such belligerence is not in the best interest of the world at large. The international community, including India, should meet to address this threat and devise feasible diplomatic measures to stem such aggression, not only by the North Koreans but also by any other country which decides to take an irresponsible step towards making the world more dangerous for all human beings.
AM Tripathi, via email