There is a tune for every occasion
This refers to Carolyn Butler's article Lure of music (Global, March 6). It is interesting to note that music helps in meditation, spiritual practice as well as in physical well-being. Good music on low volume at night helps one sleep soundly. Background music at low volume improves concentration. At the same time, loud music can be very disturbing for many.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Missing in action
It was shocking to read Radhika Raj's article Lost, not found (The Big Story, March 6), which highlights how the number of missing children has increased over the years. The government should not remain a mute spectator to such an important issue. It should take the help of NGOs to find these children and send them back to their near and dear ones.
Shaikh Mohammed Zaid, Mumbai
It is disheartening to read about the large number
of children, mainly girls, missing from various states of India, and to learn that only a few have been rescued till date. NGOs like Guriya and Bachpan Bachao are doing a great job in this area. The government must also take stringent measures and save children from being abducted and used to commit illegal activities by criminals and mafias.
Prerna Arora, via email
With reference to Harish Salve's article Of institutions, not individuals (Sunday Guest Column, March 6), the institution is always above the individual. It must always be above suspicion too. The appointment of a tainted individual is bound to affect the integrity of the institution in the public perception. The judiciary, CVC and CEC must be free of any taint, as they exercise judgement that affects the functioning of the State.
BP Nailwal, Dehradun
The verdict on the appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC was undoubtedly an indictment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. For this grave mistake, Singh has only himself to blame, as he was the head of the panel that made the appointment. The PM must reveal who is holding a gun to his head, forcing him to commit a series of blunders.
Shaikh Sharful Islam, Mumbai
It pays to listen
This refers to Indrajit Hazra's article The man who saved the Congress (Red Herring, March 6). By supporting the nomination of a person who doesn't have a clean track record, the PM disregarded the objection of the leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, while appointing the CVC. The episode has tainted Manmohan Singh's image, though his personal integrity is beyond doubt. Maybe listening to the Opposition sometimes is not a bad idea.
Jitendra Kothari, via email
Hazra's analysis makes for interesting reading. The procedure to appoint senior public officials like the CVC is elaborate and there is no scope for oversight. Any promotion or appointment should be made only after receiving clearance from the departments concerned. By resigning at the appropriate moment, Thomas could have saved huge embarrassment to the PM and also to himself. Those who pushed his name should also be shown the door.
Sharda Bhargav, via email
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Find their language (Sunday Sentiments, March 6), there appears to be no malapropism in the sayings of BJP president Nitin Gadkari and deputy CM of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar. The truth has been stated boldly, and it must be appreciated. It should jolt the conscience of our politicians and force them to introspect.
SC Vaid, via email
Thapar rightly analyses that Indian politicians can sometimes say strange things.
They say something in the evening, change it overnight and deny it by the morning. Gadkari and Pawar would have denied saying what they said if they were asked the dictionary meaning of the words that Thapar highlights from their speeches. Perhaps now they will say that though they made a mistake, their conscience and intentions were clean.
Rohit Mehta, via email
An uncommon disregard
Manas Chakravarty in his article The budget FAQs (Loose Canon, March 6) rightly mentions that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's budget failed to redress the grievances of the common man. It quashed the hopes and expectations of millions. Inflation continues to shoot up and a monthly increase in fuel prices is becoming a ritual. 'To hell with the aam aadmi' seems to be the new 'policy' of the UPA government, which favours only the rich It is unfortunate that the finance minister did not even touch upon the issue of black money in his budget speech.
Vishal Bhambhani, Ujjain
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