Apropos of the editorial Some debate please (March 3), gone are the days when our parliamentarians would pour over the budget details and ask questions on the various allocations and their utilisation. Today we have our representatives staging walkouts and disrupting the House proceedings. Our parliamentarians should actively participate in the budget debates that are important and act as a check on the government’s allocations and priorities.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore
Sense of harmony
Neelesh Misra’s The New Bollywood series (February 29) was interesting reading for a person who loves movies more than the share market. Times have changed and simplicity has given way to a more complex way of life. From our daily requirements to relationships, nothing seems permanent. We are forever on the run and in search of happiness that does not lie in malls and materialism. Music should bring peace and melody, it should soothe the soul. But all it does today is raise your blood pressure and give you a headache.
Zohra Javed, via e-mail
I agree with Pankaj Vohra in Don’t just bank on the Budget (March 3) that the Congress should go ahead and sign the nuclear treaty with the US ignoring the threat of the Left parties to withdraw their support because this is their last chance. At least, it will be the UPA’s single most important achievement.
PP Singh Chadha, Delhi
Hold no prisoners
Apropos of the editorial Prisoners of the past (March 4), Kashmir Singh’s release from a Pakistani jail after 35 years is a welcome gesture on the part of President Pervez Musharraf. But a large number of Indian prisoners are still languishing in Pakistani jails. Pakistan should free all Indian prisoners, including 54 Indian PoWs, on humanitarian grounds.
Prem Prakash, via e-mail