Vir Sanghvi in Age of Intolerance (February 17) has rightly concluded that intolerance had crept into the 21st century Indian society, courtesy politicians who will stop at nothing for cheap publicity. Instead of stopping a film from being screened, we ought to leave it to the audience to make a judgment. People go to the movies for entertainment and not for history lessons. Sanghvi should also argue in favour of lifting the ban imposed by the authorities on some books including Satanic Verses and a book on Shivaji. How many journalists dare to write like this?
RK Sudan, via e-mail
In the latest Jodhaa-Akbar movie row, a large section of the media are lampooning those protesting against the movie’s alleged misrepresentation of historical facts even though there is enough material available to raise doubts. But the Indian media have always practised double standards and it is visible in the M.F. Husain’s painting controversy where they came out in support of the painter though they would have lynched any Hindu painter who would have done something similar with icons of other religions.
Yogeet Sharma, Delhi
Though Vir Sanghvi’s arguments are worth pondering over, I cannot agree with them. In fact, the majority of Indians are among the most tolerant people on earth. We put up with all the nonsense that the media present to us and we look the other way when our politicians indulge in all sorts of shenanigans.
Balvinder Singh, Chandigarh
Apropos Karan Thapar’s article Let’s listen to Mulford (February 17), the nuclear issue has left me disappointed because the deal has virtually been scrapped and the issue has destroyed any remaining faith in our politicians. When the test came, even Sonia Gandhi chose to stick to her exalted position.
Akshay Baheti, via e-mail
There could hardly have been a better satirical way to expose Raj Thackeray’s sinister game than Indrajit Hazra’s article Can Mumbai go the Toto way? (February 17). Cocking a snook at the state government, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader arrived at the jail in grand style and left triumphantly. Had there been a strong leadership at the central or state level to deter Raj and his men, the mayhem in Mumbai and outlying areas could have been contained.
AD Pandey, Delhi
Apropos Kaushik Basu’s article India and the global slowdown (February 17), the coming budget must contain special packages and policies for exporters like reduction in taxes so that Indian products become more competitive in the international market. The loss of revenue can be recouped from an appropriate increase on import duties.
Piyush Agarwal, Delhi