After a long time, I enjoyed reading the review of the film Heroes and Roadside Romeo (October 25) by Anand Singh. But my happiness was shortlived when I read that Khalid Mohamed, the regular film critic of the news paper whom I have never been able to understand, would be back next week. I fervently wish that Mohamed could use a little less complicated language while writing his movie reviews. Also, he should be a bit more balanced while dealing with the content of films.
KS Bhalla, Delhi
Biased nature of the media
Apropos of the report I Don’t trust Orissa police: raped nun (October 25), the coverage given to the alleged rape victim in Orissa is extensive. The entire proceeding was, of course, stage-managed by the Christian establishment to extract maximum mileage in terms of global sympathy, higher fund raising, and maybe a blind eye to their conversion activities. What is bothering is that I have never seen Hindustan Times give any Hindu victim similar coverage. The English media often downplay the trauma of Hindu victims of jihadi terrorism, arguing that it might heighten communal tensions. Unfortunately, you dump that logic while reporting about Christian or Muslim victims of anti-conversion violence or revenge riots.
AP Keshari, via email
Lost in transition
Ramachandra Guha in Lost in the woods (History Matters, October 24) has rightly identified the dilemma facing the tribal people. They want to remain isolated as the provision of medical and educational facilities would link them to the wider society and the wave of cultural diffusion can annihilate their primitive living. But years of such isolation has resulted in them being backward and without basic medicare and education. That is why they become vulnerable to the apparent rewards of religious conversion. Isn’t our State bound to protect the tribal way of life from religious recruiters?
AK Sharma, via email
With reference to the report No early release for Ansals (October 23), isn’t the Supreme Court’s decision to foreclose the bail option a bit too harsh? How can the apex court treat the Ansals as if they are hardcore criminals whose release on bail might affect society at large? The court’s decision appears to be influenced more by a media blitzkrieg than by the merit of the case.
Suresh PM, Delhi
Tit for tat, is it?
Apropos of the report Bihar derailed (October 23), if driving away north Indians from Maharashtra was deplorable, so is the violence by student organisations in Bihar. Dealing in kid-gloves to tackle such hooliganism is tantamount to inviting anarchy. The Bihar students are no better than Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) goons. The state and the central governments should immediately take further action against MNS leader Raj Thackeray. The cycle of violence will lead to unrest in other parts of the country and endanger the country’s diversity.
BK Kumra, Delhi