Casting the cyber net wider
This refers to Aasheesh Sharma’s article Con notifications (Focus, September 25). Despite their immense popularity, social networking websites are increasingly becoming a source of danger to the law and order situation. This is because our cyber laws aren’t up to the mark and there’s a lot of confusion on how much information people should share on these websites.
Jawahar Lal Dehra, Faridabad
Let’s speak generally
Like most Indians, a large number of ‘generals’ in India has confused Manas Chakravarty too (Auditor who counts, Loose Canon, September 25). The ambiguity between the Controller General of Accounts and the Comptroller and Auditor General is valid. It’s difficult for a layman to differentiate one ‘general’ from another. For an easy understanding, we should make a committee of all ‘generals’ and appoint one of them as its general.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Their heads below the water
This refers to Indrajit Hazra’s article A cunning Plan (Red Herring, September 25). The Planning Commission’s revised definition of below poverty line families is ridiculous. By reducing the benchmark of poverty to an income of Rs 32 per day, the government is trying to reduce the number of poor people on paper. It’s the Centre’s attempt to cover up its failure to tackle poverty. The UPA wants to mislead the world into believing that its policies are helping the nation grow at an unprecedented rate.
Sushmita Chatterjee, Kolkata
The Planning Commission has come to the rescue of the Congress-led UPA government, which has failed to curb inflation, with its new guidelines to define the poverty line. If the government expects the poor to make both ends meet on R32 a day, why doesn’t it fix it’s MPs’ salaries to R35 a day? It will help the nation save a lot of money, which can be utilised to provide food and basic facilities at subsidised prices to the poor.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
Restricting social benefits to only those earning R32 or less per day will widen the socio-economic gap between the haves and the have-nots. At a time when inflation is going through the roof, the government should extend social benefits to as many people as it can.
Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon
No sting in this tale
Karan Thapar in his article To the manner born (Sunday Sentiments, September 25) rightly states that former Indian cricket captain Tiger Pataudi was a thorough gentleman. His charisma, optimism and suaveness earned him the title of ‘Tiger’. He may not have been a great player, but Pataudi will always be remembered as one of the greatest Indian captains.
Navdeep Kaur, Ludhiana
The incident that Thapar mentions in his article, about Pataudi calmly answering all of Thapar’s ‘silly’ questions on cricket, shows that Thapar was quite down-to-earth. Pataudi’s candid admission, of wooing Sharmila Tagore by pretending to be a refrigerator salesman, also proves that he was modest, subtle and sophisticated. Thapar has paid an appropriate tribute to the former cricketer.
Jayalakshmi Chellappa, via email
To each, his own role
The article Connection failures (Chanakya, September 25) makes an appropriate comparison betw-een politicians and stand-up comics. Political parties are expected to nominate honest and competent candidates in elections. Voters, on the other hand, are expected to ens-ure that no corrupt candidate mak-es it to Parliament. As the author suggests, social networking can play a major role in giving political parties instant feedback. It will help them calibrate their policies keeping in mind people’s expectations.
SC Vaid, via email