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Not insightful on those who matter

Barney Henderson’s article Meet India’s hot, young minds (January 18) provided an interesting insight into India’s talent pool.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2009 10:43 IST

Barney Henderson’s article Meet India’s hot, young minds (January 18) provided an interesting insight into India’s talent pool. It is sad to see that scientists, engineers and others who help make everybody’s life easier, and determine the
country’s future, remain unknown. On the other hand, those who can only entertain the masses with their larger-than-life image and glamour, grab name, fame, money, awards and media attention. This biased attitude hinders our progress. I hope to read more such insightful articles in times to come.

DC Pandey, via email

Don’t sup with the devil

India cannot rely on Pakistan for any assistance in its war against terrorism. We have learnt from past experience that Pakistan always sheds crocodile tears initially and later changes its colours like a chameleon. India needs to be careful while dealing with it. We need to practise caution as working with Pakistan can be suicidal. We should involve other nations and work towards our aim in a unified manner.

AK Samal, Delhi

Out of the bag now

Instead of banning the use of plastic, there is a need to put a blanket ban on its manufacturing. This will automatically reduce the circulation. Plastic bags not only choke the drainage system, resulting in diseases and sometimes floods, but they also increase pollution and contaminate the environment.

Mahesh Kapasi, via email

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Apropos of the editorial The issue is in the bag, almost (Our Take, January 17), it makes no sense for the Delhi government to levy such a high fine on the use of plastic bags. If the government is adamant in taking the extreme step of banning them, it should first provide people with equally useful, cost-effective and durable alternatives. The
government’s directives have always been such that they work theoretically but are difficult to implement. One of the ways to curb the plastic bag problem is to make people aware of its negative effects.

Bhaskar sen, via email

Criticism, thick and fast

I agree with Namita Bhandare’s views in The real slum shady (January 17), about the movie Slumdog Millionaire. It appears that Amitabh Bachchan has taken it upon himself to criticise the movie because it causes pain and disgust to great nationalist. But what image of India was Bachchan intending to project when he announced his decision to walk barefoot from his house to a temple? By inviting the media, didn’t he project a superstitious image of India to the world? It seems that Bachchan is regretting that he did not act in the movie even though he was apparently offered a part.

Jatinder Sethi, Gurgaon

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What Namita Bhandare missed in her article is that Amitabh Bachchan’s statement on his blog is his individual opinion, which he is free to share with others. He only expressed a fact that every country has some good and some bad aspects to it. His views are being placed at the same level as those of Bal Thackeray’s and both being public-figures makes matters worse. By criticising their views, aren’t we denying them their right to free expression, something that the writer is doing herself through her article?

Dinesh Chanchalani, Atlanta, US

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