The Net's casting its net wider
This refer to Samar Khurshid's article Is your child a net junkie? (Wellness, July 17). The internet has a profound impact on us, as it has changed the way we think and act. The 'threat' lies in not the vast information available on the Net, but in the way we use it everyday. The internet may not be making us stupid. But it may well be making us believe that we are smarter than we really are. And that is dangerous.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore
Homosexuality is not natural
I don't subscribe to Khushwant Singh's opinions as expressed in his article Most of us get over homosexuality after school (With Malice Towards One and All, July 17). It's wrong to assume that all youngsters want to explore their sexuality. Homosexuality is not natural. It is a western 'concept', and Indians are mindlessly copying it.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
Terrifying approach to terror
Chanakya makes a convincing case for the need for a strong anti-terror law (What's the disincentive? Chanakya, July 17). In the absence of an effective legal mechanism, our warnings will have no effect on terrorist groups. The author's argument that the existing Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act has not been used to our advantage holds water. The government should heed Chanakya's advice and strictly implement the existing laws.
M Ratan, Delhi
A government that cannot guarantee security to its citizens has no right to be in power. The UPA can no longer use the 'tough neighbourhood' excuse to hide its weaknesses. We know that Pakistan is behind every terrorist attack - directly or indirectly - on Indian soil. Our politicians should stop blaming Pakistan and find concrete solutions to put an end to terrorism.
LR Sharma, Jalandhar
The spirit doesn't move us
Indrajit Hazra in Spirit is unwilling (Red Herring, July 17) rightly mocks the government's habit of hailing the 'Spirit of Mumbai' after every terror attack in the city. Almost every country in the world is a victim of terrorism. But most of them have learnt lessons from terror attacks and have improved their law and order. But not India. Our politicians have mastered the art of making tall promises and sympathising with the victims as long as the wounds are fresh.
OP Tandon, via email
I am a Mumbaikar and have been experiencing the fear of blasts since 1993. As a Bengali who has lived in Kolkata for some time, I share Hazra's concern for the poor rickshaw-pullers in the city. It's surprising that Kolkata, a city that takes pride in its rich cultural heritage, doesn't have a heart for its rickshaw-pullers. I request Hazra to keep highlighting the plight of the common man and the government's wrong policies through his writing.
Seema Chowdhury, via email
Paper over the cracks
This refers to Karan Thapar's article Goodbye to all that (Sunday Sentiments, July 17). Newspapers form an integral part of our lives. The day we don't get our papers, we feel there's something is amiss. So the plight of the millions of readers of the British tabloid News of The World, which had to make a sudden and unceremonious exit, is understandable. The circumstances under which the paper had to shut shop are unfortunate and should serve as a warning to all media organisations across the globe.
Jitendra G Kothari, via email
Say no to suffering
In her article How much is too much? (Variety, July 17), Shalini Singh provides a comprehensive analysis on the issue of mental agony. It's unfortunate that our society is not sensitised to psychological torture, which exists in various forms. Instances of children being beaten or scolded by teachers or mothers are not uncommon. Erratic working hours can be stressful for many young professionals. The society must understand the repercussions of these 'traumas' and should not tolerate any form of psychological suffering.
SK Wasan, Noida
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