Chile’s miracle is a triumph of science and the human spirit
The report Chile rejoices as its trapped sons return (October 14) was delightful news as all the 33 miners trapped below the earth's surface were rescued and reunited with their families. Both the miners and their family members have survived the ordeal with grace and fortitude. The rescue operation, telecast live, captured the imagination of the world and illustrated the strength of the human spirit. Those who pulled off this near-miraculous feat must be lauded for their perseverance and duly honoured.
G. David Milton, via email
A verdict in favour of India
With reference to Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article A very real estate (Incidentally, October 9), the conversation between Raghu and Yusuf reflects the understanding of a mature India. Indians honoured Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday by accepting the Ayodhya verdict with dignity. He must be smiling down upon such ‘Gandhigiri’. Places of worship should be islands of peace and not battlegrounds where petty scores are settled.
Gopa Pandey, Bhopal
Indian hearts should swell with pride, given that ours is the only nation that’s home to such a rich diversity of religion, culture and beliefs. It is the selfishness of certain opportunists that is proving to be counter-productive to our unity in diversity, reminiscent of the colonial days of divide and rule. Those who wish to curb this destructive trend should push for an orphanage or something similar on the disputed site, which will serve society, irrespective of caste, creed or ideology, and make future generations proud.
Himanshu Gauniyal, Roorkee
Gopalkrishna Gandhi has given a very simple, easy and peaceful suggestion regarding the disputed Babri Masjid site. By converting the property into a beautiful garden, I believe the dispute can be solved without hurting the religious sentiments of both Hindus and Muslims, and will be good for the environment as well. But I don’t think that either community can be influenced so easily.
Sakshi Sharma, via email
No two ways about the truth
Sitaram Yechury’s article Not about blind faith (Left Hand Drive, October 12) was amusing. It was reassuring to find him endorsing the path of reconciliation by acknowledging the truth, which can’t comprise of carefully chosen bits that are convenient to a particular brand of politics. The Ayodhya dispute is symptomatic of a deeper hurt most Hindus nurse, about temples being destroyed by Muslim invaders, but secularists feel that by distorting history they can improve communal harmony.
A.K. Singh, Mumbai
Play that old tune again
Amitava Sanyal’s article When the new fails to excite (Jhankaar Beats, October 9), was interesting and enjoyable to read. I was delighted to get an introduction to the great works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Amir Khusro and would like to share that there is another CD in the series, the ‘Great Works of Bulleh Shah’. Thanks to the author for providing links to other versions of the songs, which were a delightful revelation.
Karishma Kulkarni, via email
Time to repeat the feat
With reference to the editorial Put stomachs in our heads (Our Take, October 12), the Green Revolution led to a quantitative improvement in production of certain foodgrains in India, but what about the quality and nutritional value of our food? Another Green Revolution, in the production of pulses this time, is urgently required, and must be prioritised in the next Five Year Plan.
Sriprakash Ganapat, Madhepura