I want to endorse the views expressed in a few letters indicating disappointment with the new design of the edit page. The page is now without focus and there is no one article on the page that can hold one’s attention. The seriousness of the page is lost.
J NATH, Gurgaon
While change is perhaps desirable, I have a feeling that in the new Comment page, the editorial function of a newspaper has been abdicated. The editorial views cannot be substituted by anything else. Hindustan Times is no longer the paper that I have been addicted to and picked up first thing in the morning for the past 60 years. I am sure there must be many readers who are missing the old edit page to which they were accustomed. Your decision to change the look and feel of the page may need rethinking.
DC VOHRA, via email
Waking up from an RSS dream
Apropos of Ramachandra Guha’s article The original Hindu Rashtra (June 17), a twist of history has ensured that the 240-year-old monarchy in Nepal has come to an end and along with it any RSS dream of a greater Hindu nation.
SC Bose, Kolkata
History matters only when viewed in totality. But many Indian historians are not acquainted with the psychology of Hindus in Indian society. Hinduism is a liberal way of life and the least aggressive among faiths. It is the only basis that can bring about a semblance of cohesion in a fractured society like ours.
Viniti Gupta, Aligarh
The people of Nepal wanted a change and they have got it. Now, since the monarchy has been abolished and the king has become another citizen, it may be a good idea to invite him to India to join India’s Hindus to fight for their cause.
GK Arora, Delhi
The politics behind Gorkhaland
The demand for Gorkhaland is a case of the chickens coming home to roost. The chickens are those of economic neglect and skewed political patronage which has been allowed to get bitter, more hateful and violent.
Bijay Singh, Hyderabad
Not yet love between India & Pakistan
Apropos of the report Pakistan wanted Afghan jihadis to help in Kargil (June 13), the hostility of Pakistan towards India has led to four wars. Pakistan is a mullah-military dominated country where hatred of India thrives. The Indian leadership has expected a sincere response from Pakistan, right from the days of Liaquat Ali Khan to Musharraf, but in vain.
PL Bakhshi, Delhi
Talk to the Gorkha leaders
The demand of the Gorkha Janmukti Mancha (GJM) is unacceptable and the Centre should not agree to the clamour for Gorkhaland. Instead, it should settle this issue as fast as possible and stop the ongoing agitation. This agitation has caused major trouble to the tourists and traders in the Darjeeling hills. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should hold talks with the GJM immediately and resolve this mess.
Dagar Katyal, Chandigarh