No screen on politics here
With reference to the report India’s poll stars rise (August 27), taking a leaf from movie star-turned politicians like MGR and NTR, Telugu cinestar Chiranjeevi entering politics has opened a new chapter in Andhra Pradesh by launching his Praja Rajyam Party with his followers in Tirupati. Promising clean politics in Andhra Pradesh, Chiranjeevi has made a big splash within a short time. His huge fan following wants a revolution in state politics. Jostling with parties like the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party is a tough task. But well begun is half done.
Narayan B Iyer, Mumbai
Ready, steady... no!
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Ready, steady... go? (Beyond the byte, August 22), it is believed the Chinese have closely studied India’s recurrent non-performance, as it provides information on how one could continuously fail to deliver. However, the example quoted of a Chinese six-year-old is inappropriate. Protection against child abuse is the strength of Indian democracy and even sport. The problem is the suffocating stranglehold of sports bodies, which destroys budding talent. Neither funds nor foreign coaches nor awards would help until the authorities change their attitude and nurture talent from childhood.
Buddha Bagai, via email
I appreciate Rajdeep Sardesai’s view that we have crossed the Rubicon of a psychological barrier to compete in the Olympics at the highest level. We are mentally prepared to challenge the very best in shooting, boxing and wrestling. We have to sustain the Beijing momentum and do our best to outdo all that we have accomplished so far. The idea of entrusting each IPL team owner with one sport should be given a speedy trial.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
Rajdeep Sardesai correctly analyses the historic truth about the state of affairs in India. First, we need to liberate ourselves from our corrupt political system before visualising a gold rush in 2012. We’ve the task of reinventing the nation. But sadly, we are not prepared for it in the absence of leaders with the vision for it.
Harsh Malik, via email
Murder most foul
Apropos of the report Pope condemns killings, Orissa burns (August 28), the VHP should refrain from playing its cynical game of choosing soft targets like Christians in revenge for whatever happens in the State. It should stop spewing communal venom to divide people on the basis of caste and creed. The burning alive of a Christian woman is not unlike the murders of Graham Staines and his sons a decade ago.
Joy Jacob, Noida
The events in Orissa only reinforce the perception that communal organisations like the VHP have only one agenda, that is to terrorise and persecute the peaceful Christian community. When it is clear that the attack on Laksmananda Saraswati was by Maoists, the VHP activists went around burning to death a woman who looked after an orphanage. It is ironical that a few days ago, Col. Thomas of the Indian Army, a Christian, laid down his life to protect these very vandals.
Julius Machado, Mumbai