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Be generous, be successful

Kaushik Basu’s article The invisibles (The Visible Hand, September 12) was witty and informative. The travellers’ game is a simple, yet effective, way to show how a lack of altruism can turn simple situations into complex ones.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2009 22:58 IST

Forget media reports, Narendra Modi is a man of his word

The editorial Every picture tells a story (Our Take, September 16) seems to have underestimated Narendra Modi’s capabilities as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The people of his state like him because of his ability to deliver what he promises. It is a different matter that the media is always trying to portray him in a bad light. The bottom line is that whether we love him or hate him, we cannot ignore Narendra Modi for who he is and what he has done for the welfare of the people of Gujarat.

A.P. Keshari, via email

Kaushik Basu’s article The invisibles (The Visible Hand, September 12) was witty and informative. The travellers’ game is a simple, yet effective, way to show how a lack of altruism can turn simple situations into complex ones. This proves that there is no room for selfishness when it comes to the common good and collective growth. It is important for every Indian to imbibe this simple rule and help in taking the nation forward.

Siddharth Bhattacharya, Delhi

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Kaushik Basu’s analysis proves that altruism, personal integrity and other social values are vital for economic growth. Today, everyone is working for himself and neglecting others’ welfare. The principle of ‘individuality’ has overpowered ‘mutuality’. We, as a nation, have to understand that these virtues are important for personal, professional and national development.

Amita Soni, via email

An incomplete account

It is pitiable that while Samrat, in Promised land (September 17), talks about his interactions with Kashmiris on trivial issues like the beard, romance, dating etc, he seems to have failed to notice the absence of ‘Kashmiriyat’ in the Valley. Half-burnt buildings, abandoned houses and dilapidated temples in the Valley remind us of the state that was destroyed in an effort at ethnic cleansing. It is preposterous to draw conclusions about the ongoing secessionist movement in Kashmir on the basis of a mere four-day stay in Srinagar.

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi

Penny wise and pound foolish

Rajesh Mahapatra in The buck stops here? (September 17), is right in stating that the Congress’s austerity drive has very little substance to it. It’s a mad rush to get into the limelight. If the UPA government is serious in its intent to save the taxpayers’ money, then it should check corruption in bureaucratic circles. That alone will eliminate the need for any austerity drives in the future.

S.K. Shah, Delhi

A strong plan to combat Maoists

At last the prime minister has admitted that the Maoists are India’s biggest internal threat and the government has failed to control them (India has failed to tackle Red terror, says PM, September 16). But an admission alone won’t help. The government needs a comprehensive plan to eliminate the Maoists and restore peace in the country. We need to strengthen our intelligence services, equip the police with modern weapons and rope in local help to curb the Red menace.

Deepak Chikramane, via email

Let Tharoor twitter

There is no harm in Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor’s twittering (Tharoor in tweetle-class trouble, September 17). His posts are only educating the common man about the faulty ways in which our government functions. The resentment over his commenting on the website shows the Congress party lacks a healthy sense of humour.

Balram Misra, via email