With reference to Indrajit Hazra's entertaining write-up It’s the time to waka waka, world (June 13), the author has omitted to mention the Spanish line inserted as a nod to singer Shakira's provenance and the strong contingent of Spanish-speaking Latin Americans in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The line is ‘Y vamos por Todo’ in the third stanza roughly translating to ‘waka waka’, i.e., ‘we go all out/do our utmost’. The frenzy generated by the game is unparalleled by any that is created by other sports like cricket or tennis.
Nitin Sen, Noida
A sublime Sabbath feeling
This has reference to Manas Chakravarti’s write-up O Dopa Mine (Loose Canon, June 13). Hail to Thee,blithe Manas!/ Or shall I call thee Testosterone?/What e'er the name/ Thou dost stirrest/ Memories sublime of halcyon morns, hilly climes/ Classes on verdant slopes./ Thy erudition, thy wit/ Dost Hargobind and the Bard combine./ Forgivst this ancient one/ Doggerel for hormonal outpourings divine!/ Thou hast uplifted/ This Sabbath of mine.
Happy Kaushal, via email
Don’t build on our
Khushwant Singh in Rebuilding secularism, Gandhi style (With Malice Towards One and All, June 13) seems to take great pride in telling us about the generosity of his community in rebuilding a mosque torn down by them over six decades ago. He has also suggested that the media should help spread the word. By the same logic, he would do well to exhort Muslims to rebuild the countless Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples that have been destroyed in the past ten centuries by Muslim invaders.
Hemang D. Koppikar, Mumbai
The incident that Khushwant Singh highlights is praiseworthy and the Sikhs’ gesture should be taken in the right spirit. But an act of spontaneity and free will cannot be a prescription for righting the wrongs of another generation. As far as the roots of the Babri Masjid dispute are concerned, future generations of either the Muslims or Hindus cannot be held responsible for what happened centuries ago.
Kanta Sanyal, via email
Khushwant Singh’s article only shows his hatred toward the BJP. It is well-known that hundreds of temples in India were destroyed by Muslim rulers, a continuing cause of friction between Hindus and Muslims. It seems the solution lies solely in the hands of persons like Singh. I suggest he uses his wisdom to solve the bigger problem without pointing fingers at specific leaders in the BJP.
S.C. Aggarwal, Delhi
On a slippery slope
Karan Thapar in Over a barrel (Sunday Sentiments, June 13) overstates the benefits of eliminating oil subsidies, which are a necessary evil. However, the demand for oil is largely insensitive to price increases in a fast-growing economy. So, the cascading effect of any price hike will be highly inflationary and self-defeating. With 70 per cent of oil being imported and total exports being only a fraction of our GDP, a better approach would be for the Reserve Bank of India to utilise our burgeoning forex reserves to shore up the rupee. This will help slash our import bill as well as enable the import of
energy-saving devices and technologies.
G.B. Bagai, via email
I agree with Karan Thapar’s view that continuing subsidies will land the government in a financial soup. Instead of delaying the decision on hiking the price of petroleum products, it can exclude kerosene and diesel from the decision, so that the transportation cost of foodgrains, vegetables and other essential commodities does not go up and the public is spared. Not acting at all is not going to help anyone.
Jitendra Kothari, via email
People over politics
With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s article Never, ever again. Because we’re worth it (Counterpoint, June 13) public anger over the Bhopal verdict should not be allowed to fuel the ongoing political drama. It’s time we learnt to value human life over and above political survival.
Avhad Jayadeo, Ranchi
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