Historic victory for Obama
The Election of Barack Obama as the 44th US President is a real tribute to Martin Luther King. People want a change in the American attitude towards the Third World and smaller countries. They want a powerful America which leads, not bullies. India must build upon its improving relations with the US. Our foreign policy must aim at forging strong global relationships to further our national interests, while retaining our sovereignty. Let’s unite as a nation, forgetting our petty internal squabbling, and work hard towards becoming the new superpower.
RD Singh, Leh
Time for Raj to change tack
In his article You’ve lost the plot (Beyond The Byte, October 31), Rajdeep Sardesai has shown that Raj Thackeray through his dictatorial policies is ruining the integrity of the nation and that divisive policies are ruinous in the
long run. Rajdeep’s suggestion on elevating rural Maharashtra and revival of Marathi art through cultural performances makes him akin to the 20th century Indian nationalists. I congratulate him for writing a meaningful and thought-provoking letter to Thackeray.
Saranga Batra, Delhi
It would be wishful thinking that an upcoming politician like Raj Thackeray would pay any heed to the author’s advice. To add to the list of what Thackeray can do instead of rabble rousing, I think the whole country would be indebted to Raj if he takes up the fight against terrorism, along with the connected issue of deporting illegal Bangladeshi immigrants instead of targeting our own countrymen.
Deepak Kumar Sharma, Delhi
Raj Thackeray’s personal differences with Bal Thackeray have resulted in turning Mumbai, a city that has always welcomed talent and merit with open arms, into the symbol of a big regional divide. Rajdeep has rightly pointed out Raj should instead work for better educational and vocational facilities for the weaker sections of the state rather than provoking hooliganism.
Faridoon Shahryar, Aligarh
Rajdeep Sardesai rightly points out that there is a thin line between fame and notoriety. Raj Thackeray is only heading towards being a nobody someday, and it remains to be seen how soon sanity will prevail over his politics of hate. If he wants to truly carve out a legacy for himself, then his ‘divide and rule’ policy should change to ‘unite and rule’, because today’s youth cannot be misled for long.
Seema Verma, via email
A sight for sore eyes
Thanks to Hindustan Times for reverting to the old layout of the Comment page after an irritatingly long experiment. It was a comforting sight to see the page that our eyes have been so used to for several decades. Indeed, many people in our neighbourhood shifted their loyalties due to this unwelcome change. But some of us have remained loyal, awaiting this change back to the familiar page. Anyway, better late than never. We are thankful to HT for effecting this change.
HL Dhawan, via email
With reference to Sonia Jabbar’s article Not special but equal (November 5), the sentence in the shoulder, ‘Kashmiri youths loathe Article 370’, was misleading. Nothing in the article pointed to such an opinion. Jabbar writes in the last paragraph of her article that simply India’s provision of Article 370, a special status enabling ‘autonomy’, should not be misconstrued as Kashmir’s youth being content. The