Everybody is somebody, no matter how small
Shalini Singh's article His name is Anthony Gonsalves (360 , December 5) on the Goan musician Anthony Gonsalves made for interesting reading. However, the name of the film in which Gonsalves assisted legendary music director SD Burman is Mashal and not Mahal, as mentioned by the writer. It's unfortunate that while people give some Bollywood artistes their due, the contributions of thousands of lesser-known artistes, who are in no way less important to the industry, go unnoticed.
Suresh Bhatia, Delhi
Painting over the contradictions
This refers to Amitava Sanyal's article Beyond Anish (December 5) on expatriate Indian artists. When I arrived in Oman, my experiences in painting were defined by factors which included a temporary sense of dispossession and an ensuing deconstruction of experiences. My relationship with other cultures developed into a quest for the real identity of my own self. The society I lived in was receptive to my Indian-ness, but it was also embedded in its own imagery. My career was initially jagged, but the upward gradient embraced the growth of globalisation. There was a constant flux within myself, both anguished and lyrical. It began to silt and mould itself when my questions on identity became fewer.
Sudipta Choudhry, via email
New rules of the old game of politics
Arun Jaitley in The silver lining (Sunday Guest Column, December 5) rightly analyses that Indian politics has come a long way from exploiting caste, creed and religion to get votes. Development is the new game-changer. Nitish Kumar's recent victory in the Bihar elections was an eye-opener for all political parties. Young politicians have the potential to replicate Kumar's success across India. They should pave the way for good governance.
Jugnu Bagga, Delhi
Kumar's success is the result of his five-year-long hard work to bring peace, development and prosperity to Bihar. Kumar has also curbed corruption and crime in the state. Bihar's elections have sent out a message to the Congress; it must do some soul-searching if it doesn't want to repeat its grim performance in the upcoming assembly elections in UP and West Bengal.
S Ganapati, Madhepura
Media, heal thyself
This refers to Karan Thapar's article Public, pvt ltd (Sunday Sentiments, December 5). Radiagate has cast doubts on the credibility of journalists who play a crucial role in shaping public opinion. The media should act as a watchdog on themselves to ensure they don't lose people's trust.
Neha Chandiok, Delhi
There's no harm in invading into someone's privacy as long as it's in the national interest. In the case of the 2G spectrum expose, the tapping of phones of some journalists revealed their collusions with industrialists. In such cases, the people's right to information must take precedence over an individual's right to privacy.
Sudarshan Synghal, via email
No order in the house
Gautam Chikermane in We, the extorted (The Big Picture, December 5) confirms that corruption is the biggest problem in India today. It is disheartening that a large number of recent scams have maligned India's global reputation. More shocking is the government's inability to bring the guilty to justice. To save its face, the UPA is attacking the Opposition. But it can't fool the people.
Mohammed Zaid, via email
This refers to Manas Chakravarty's article Getting a leak peak (Loose Canon, December 5). The recent WikiLeaks expose has cautioned diplomats across the globe. The US government's claim that the leaks pose a threat to national security are justified. Terrorists have always tried to break into inter-embassies interactions to take advantage of top-secret information. Therefore, we need to devise better ways and technologies to secure diplomatic cables.
SC Vaid, via email
A job not well done
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article Secrets society (Red Herring, December 5), it's unfortunate that some journalists helped lobbyists get ministerships for incompetent politicians. This is unethical. We urgently need measures to break the nexus among politicians, bureaucrats, journalists and businessmen. Journalists are entrusted with the task of disseminating unbiased information to people. They should stick to this.
Sharda Bhargav, via email
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