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india Updated: Jun 09, 2012 21:34 IST
Hindustan Times
Khushwant Singh

The Fuehrer and his friends
This refers to Khushwant Singh's article Of yellow benches and goals in Nazi Germany (With Malice Towards One and All, June 3). In its documentary on Adolf Hitler, Discovery channel does not feature the role of Rothschild Bank and its affiliates who provided Hitler with ammunition and funds, which helped him attack the erstwhile Soviet Union. The programme leaves out - intentionally? - the fact that Zionists were as guilty as Hitler for the massacre of the Jews.
Nazir Lone, via email

The high price of eco-friendly beauty
This refers to Zofeen Maqsood's article New age beauty zones (Weekend Fix, June 2). The beauty salons' claim of using organic products, some of which can be recycled, is just a marketing gimmick. Under guise of providing eco-friendly treatments, salons often dupe customers and overcharge them.
Seema Kumar, Delhi

Let's keep it all civil
This refers to the article Not by fear or favour (Chanakya, June 3). If the UPA were performing its duties efficiently, there would be no need for a civil society movement against graft. If the government is sure that none of its ministers is involved in any scam, it should agree to Team Anna's demand for conducting pro-bes into the ministers' roles in various public deals. But civil society members should restrain from sho-oting off their mouth. Rather than making allegations against senior ministers of the UPA, they should initiate legal proceedings against them if they have sufficient evidence.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar

II
Chanakya accuses Team Anna of using objectionable language to describe the prime minister, but makes the same mistake by using the word 'gang' to describe the group of civil society activists. Team Anna is not a gang; it's a group of respectable people who care about the country and enjoy the support of millions of people. They are fighting for a just cause and we must give them due credit.
AK Sharma, Chandigarh

III
I completely agree with Chanakya's views. I too believe that all political parties are reluctant to pass the Lokpal Bill for various reasons. However, since the beginning of the Anna Hazare movement, I am unhappy with the way some members of civil society have been misusing their freedom of speech. Equating the prime minister with Shikhandi from the Mahabharata is in bad taste. At the moment, the common man doesn't have an option but to support Team Anna, since he doesn't trust the government anymore.
Siva Ramaswamy, via email

The game of the name
Karan Thapar's article Not so street smart (Sunday Sentiments, June 3) makes an important observation that Indian politicians have a bad habit of naming roads after public figures. Almost every major city has at least one road named after Mahatma Gandhi and at least one park named after Jawaharlal Nehru. Long names are usually shortened and people remember only the acronyms. For example, how many youngsters in Pune today know that the LBS in LBS Road stands for Lal Bahadur Shastri? The process of naming is also guided, more or less, by the whims of the ruling party. Like the Civic Centre in Bhilai in today's Chhattisgarh was named Indira Palace in 1975, but was changed to Civic Centre in 1977 when the Congress lost the polls. We should do away with naming streets and, instead, number them, as is done in some industrial towns in India.
YG Chouksey, Pune

This is how you beat the heat
Hindustan Times' How to issue (Summer Special, June 3) made for interesting reading. From tips on making a cocktail to adopting a tiger, the entire issue has something for everyone. I am looking forward to using some of the tips to jazz up my ongoing summer vacations.
A Sethi, via email

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