Votebank politics is destroying India
With reference to Subir Bhaumik’s The fear factor (Focus, August 19), the author correctly states that politics and cultural ignorance about ‘others’ are responsible for India’s internal security problems. However, those who allow migrants to come into the country must also share the blame for the violence in Assam. Our politicians should stop exploiting the migrant votebank. Such politics is destroying the country.
-Mahesh Kumar, via email
Focus on the power of one
With reference to Karan Thapar’s Beyond achiev-ements (Sunday Sentiments, August 19), let’s celebrate the medals India won at the Olympics. India must now concentrate more on individual games like wrestling, shooting and boxing.
-Ashok Ghosh, via email
Mamata, please grow up
With reference to With friends like Didi (Chanakya, August 19), the author rightly mentions that even after one year in office, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee shows no signs of maturity. Whether it’s her criticism of the judiciary or her behaviour with the UPA on foreign direct investment in retail and the Teesta waters issue, Banerjee has been her old obstinate self. Her ego and negative attitude have not only annoyed the people of the state but also her allies and colleagues. The sacking of Dinesh Trivedi, who tried to revive the Indian Railways, has also not gone down well with the common man and the prime minister. It is time Banerjee changes her attitude, sees things in the right perspective and stops behaving like an unruly child.
-GK Arora, Delhi
Chanakya perfectly analyses the pseudo-democratic style of governance of the chief minister of West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is behaving like a dictator and not like a seasoned politician. Her supporters are disillusioned and if she doesn’t mend her ways, she may lose the next assembly election.
-RM Deshpande, Mumbai
It’s hardly any relief for them
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s Someone, be naive (Red Herring, August 19), it is true that the living conditions in the relief camps in Assam are really bad. Despite huge central aid, the state government has been unable to set up proper camps and it should be hauled up for that. The corporate world must also step in and help the displaced people.
-Subhash Vaid, via email
In India, it’s only I, me, myself
In our country, companies do charity only when it suits their brand image. But why blame them only? How many individuals have come forward to send money and clothes to the relief camps in Assam? We have become so selfish these days that we are not bothered about anyone else. Is this the kind of country that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned?
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
Don’t adopt the wrong position
With reference to Manas Chakra-varty’s Let’s go to drama yoga (Loose Canon, August 9, it is true that yoga has been hijacked by several yoga gurus. Like many others, Baba Ramdev is also using it to gain political mileage. Instead of going to his yoga camps and then indulging in some government bashing, we must try to use yoga for what it is known for: improvement of physical and mental health.
-M Chandra, via email
Before writing another biased article against yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Chakravarty must visit his ashram. He will then realise that his views are wrong.
A Khetan, via email
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