Just for the record
Khalid Mohamed in his article Canned forever (June 24) has rightly mentioned that on many occasions the film processing laboratories have urged the producers/directors and copyright holders to take away the prints or else they might get destroyed. But isn't it the duty of the National Film Archives to pay the fee and help preserve old movies? But Khalid had not mentioned that the pirated prints of Jwar Bhata and many other films are available in Chor Bazaar in Mumbai and Pakistan. I would also like to point out that the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has the richest library of Hindi film songs in the world. The discs of these songs were given by HMV to SLBC. In fact, not only old movies, but many old records published between 1935 to 1965 have vanished from the Indian shores and are available only in the SLBC library. SLBC has a collection of more than one lakh records.
Suresh Bhatia, via email
Deal with it once and for all
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article It’s now or never (June 23), India has no option but to go ahead with the deal provided that the India-specific safeguards are duly incorporated. A deal which restricts India’s nuclear defence capabilities is of no use, as we are threatened by the nuclear armoury of China and we have to arm ourselves to face the challenges. Thus the government should push the deal with appropriate safeguards in the greater interest of the nation, despite the opposition from the Left.
J.N. Mahanty, Puri
The UPA government should decide once and for all if it wants to go ahead with the nuclear deal. Signing the deal would add to its credentials. But if it can’t go ahead, it should just drop it. The death of the deal is a better option than becoming the laughing stock of the international community.
Shanti Bhushan, Noida
Slow growth, but curb inflation
APROPOS of the editorial Don’t turn the clock back because it’s 11 (June 21), the UPA government has taken all the steps to control inflation but its efforts have failed. The government is succumbing in the face of escalating global crude prices. But the irony of politics is such that if the present crisis continues, the UPA government will be washed away in the next elections.
Gaurav Sharma, Sonepat
High economic growth, possibilities of early elections and rising crude prices have affected the Indian economy. It is time the Finance Minister takes steps to curb the high rate of inflation even if it means slowing down the growth rate. The RBI must also hike the repo rate and the reverse-repo rate. The government must do what it can and must do it quickly to avoid more damage.
NEHA CHANDIOK, Delhi