Apropos of the report Delhi jams. Yes, again (August 14), the chakka jam had paralysed the capital city completely on Wednesday. The organisers, in this case, the BJP/VHP, went all out in an attempt to show their strength. But, as is always the case, people travelling to their workplace during the rush hour were the main victims. Are there no other peaceful means, other than paralysing the city, which do not trouble the common people and yet allow political parties to get their point across.
Komal Gupta, Delhi
Delink governance and terror
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Ghetto blasters (Beyond the byte, August 7), I cannot understand why the Indian media politicises violence unleashed by Muslim fundamentalists. Leaders of Indian media must realise the pain of the victims of terrorist violence before they rationalise that violence for ‘objective’ analysis.
Nitin Pandey, via email
Terrorism and rioting are not the results of polarisation in a society. Rather it is the opposite. That does not mean that we should be less resilient. Indians have displayed communal harmony in most times of crisis and will do so in the future.
Harsh Vardhan Sinha, Jaipur
If Narendra Modi was the epitome of restraint and responsibility after the Ahmedabad blasts, it is because he is eyeing a larger role for himself on the national stage. Moreover, Modi needs to do much more than what he has done to get the certificate of being a true secularist.
Ashok Gupta, Delhi
Sloth is a sin
With reference to the editorial Does the law of the land apply to J&K? (Our Take, August 13), it’s astonishing to see the Centres’ lackadaisical attitude in resolving the crisis in the Valley. Merely convening an all-party meeting can’t yield the desired results. The political parties in J&K should look for a solution together at the earliest.
PK Srivastava, via email
Soumya Bhattacharya in Reading difficulties (Keyboard capers, August 12) has tried to provide a detailed analysis of the declining trend of our reading habits. But the writer has barely touched upon the real factor. There are two categories of readers. One category consists of voracious and habitual readers while the other is a majority of those with lesser inclination to read. This second category is being hijacked by the all-pervasive growth of television.
DD BHATTACHARYA, Lucknow
Apropos of Sumana Ramanan’s Getting a gold is really nice... (Chain Reaction, August 13), India is doing well for itself in terms of economic development, but not as good as compared to other countries in the same bracket. The reason behind this is that Indians lack the killer instinct. This can only come through instilling the virtues of sports in a child, to make Indians compete better.
Nupur Pandey, Delhi