On the same side
Sagarika Ghose in Howdy pardner (Bloody Mary, September 10) has succinctly described the growing relationship between the US and India. It appears that America has finally recognised India as an Asian power. Also, the US knows that India has the capability to pose a real challenge to Chinese hegemony in the region. Today, both India and America are fighting against terrorism and any future Indo-US cooperation in this area can deal a major blow to terrorists. A stronger US-India relationship is in the greater interest of the world community.
Suneel Kumar Jaiswal, Allahabad
The glamour quotient trick
Barkha Dutt’s article Women’s fib (Third Eye, September 6) makes for interesting reading regarding the rampant sexism in the American presidential election campaign. She cited the specific examples of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. It is universally true that glamourous women are often exploited in bitterly contested elections the world over, for their potential to win hearts and hearths. They often use their charms to win positions up the ladder. However, this trend is unhealthy and does not augur well for high political offices, besides being an insult to the discerning voter.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that politicians, including women, keep exploiting feminism. The glamour quotient has always existed in Indian politics but is overshadowed by cash, caste and muscle power. Even in the US, where the election process is entirely different, this game is being played out. I think that John McCain has resorted to an old trick in the book and played a good hand in nominating Sarah Palin anticipating American reaction well, as is evident from the opinion polls.
Gulshan Kumar, Delhi
Make sense of science
With reference to Mondy Thapar’s write-up Will we meet again after 12.30 pm today? (September 10), there is a popular saying that if anything can go wrong, it will. We have survived countless astrological predictions about the end of the world and almost every prediction has been off the mark. This time it is pitted against scientific counter-arguments so let’s not worry as nothing will go wrong. Instead, let’s wait for a thrilling Hollywood movie or Bollywood potboiler showing all that could have gone wrong.
BK Banati, Noida
The media’s irresponsible sensationalism often drives our adolescents to take extreme steps. No doubt, the LHC experiment has created history and made our nation proud with the efforts of Indian scientists being appreciated and acknowledged worldwide. But the use of thoughtless phrases like the ‘world would come to an end’, or ‘doomsday has arrived’, have a negative impact on imagination of young minds.
Anita Vaidyanathan, Delhi
A great experiment at CERN has been hyped by deplorable propaganda by an insensible media which led to the suicide of an innocent girl. Astrologers predict doomsday based on very normal celestial phenomenon, the lining up of Mars, Saturn and Earth in the same direction. While, on the one hand, we boast of our scientists being part of an extraordinary experiment that may open our eyes to brand new phenomena; on the other, we lack a scientific and responsible way of public reportage.
Arun Kumar Aggarwal, via email
No land in hand
With reference to Gautam Chikermane’s article Land ahoy! (Intersections, September 9), it was shocking to read that India still follows archaic provisions in the name of land acquisition. The recent example of the Singur land project, which has become the epicentre of a political earthquake, is a perfect example of India’s retrograde policies on land acquisition and resettlement. We hope to see innovations in this policy so that in future no mega-projects, aimed at development, will receive a setback.
Aniruddha Jasu, Dehradun
Driving away development
Apropos of the editorial We’ll call you, don’t call us (Our Take, September 10), the political scenario in West Bengal has caused many industrialists to re-think before investing their capital there. The Singur land case has further stultified the state government’s half-hearted efforts at rapid industrialisation.
Ruma Basu, Delhi