Bhutto a loss
Pakistan has lost a dear daughter and India, a friend. Hopes of democracy returning to our neighbourhood have been dealt a severe blow. Benazir Bhutto had a special place in the hearts of those who first saw her as a teenager when she visited India with her father in 1972 for the Simla meeting.
Chandra Kant Rawat, via e-mail
Jyoti Basu’s belated gesture that Taslima Nasreen can return to Kolkata is welcome, but not his assertion that her security is the Centre’s concern. The state didn’t deploy the CRPF in Nandigram claimimg that law and order is a state subject. It can’t call her back and disown responsibility for her security.
JM Manchanda, via e-mail
Big winners, bad losers
With reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Charm offensive (December 27), communist wailings after the BJP’s Gujarat win are not unexpected. Shorn of any ideology of contemporary relevance, the CPI(M) cannot compete with the Congress nor the BJP. Instead of raising the bogey of communalism, it should look at its own dismal record vis-a-vis the Muslims in West Bengal.
RR Sinha, via e-mail
Yechury’s views are timely. He should implement his ideas. Narendra Modi provided basic facilities to rural Gujarat and connected villages with fairly good roads. Yechury should tell his readers how much time his party would take to provide such facilities in West Bengal and improve upon infrastructure in Kerala.
SC Aggarwal, Delhi
Security in malls
The report How safe are the malls? (December 25) is absolutely correct that malls in the NCR have poor security. Body searches are compulsory before entering any multiplex. But they can be a sorry experience. Instead, authorities should use hand-held equipment to scan visitors. Not only would we feel more comfortable but the efficiency of the entire process will improve as well. Given the huge rush at malls and the profits they make, these instruments would be a small price to pay for the safety of visitors.
Anirudh GR, Delhi