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india Updated: Jan 01, 2011 22:40 IST
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Teaching our youngsters that what they eat is who they are
Sanchita Sharma's analysis in Unfit nation (The Big Story, December 26) should be an eye-opener for youngsters. It is true that the youth is increasingly getting restless, suffers from sleeping disorders, has no time to work out and thrives on nicotine and alcohol. This ‘modern lifestyle' leads to many chronic diseases. There is an urgent need to encourage children to follow a healthy lifestyle.
SK Wasan, Noida

Not all black or white
With reference to Pramit Pal Chaudhuri's article Hollow men (December 26), either the world has run out of good leaders or our criteria for evaluating politicians are flawed. If we analyse the careers of some of the greatest leaders of the past, we will realise that they too had feet of clay. Take the case of the Prime Minister of India. The incompetence of the UPA government may give a chance to experts to raise question about Manmohan Singh's credibility. But a short bad phase in his career can't overshadow his unmatched contribution to India's progress.
Baljit S Grewal, Patiala

Teaching it the write way
With reference to Emily Wax's In new India, more guides than gurus (Think Global, December 26), professors should stop behaving like "grandstanding gurus". They should instead guide students, hone their creativity and skills and help them gain knowledge, not just pass exams.
Kartik Sharma, Faridabad

The government does not know its onions
Devangshu Datta in Peel the onion (Sunday Guest Column, December 26) rightly states that it's not possible to bring down onion prices without reforming our flawed public distribution system (PDS). The government has blamed untimely rains for damage to the onion crop, which has led to the present spurt in prices. The real culprits are hoarders and middlemen. It's surprising that the government hasn't yet taken any action against them.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email

The Prime Minister seems unaware of the real reason for the increase in the prices of onions. But that doesn't stop him from reassuring people that the prices will come down soon. His government had made similar promises last year when the prices of pulses, sugar and other essential commodities skyrocketed — they still cost a bomb.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore

New Year, new pledges
With reference to Manas Chakravarty's article Year and there (Loose Canon, December 26), in the New Year, politicians should stop playing the blame game and own up to their mistakes, as it's essential for national development. It's clear that 2010 was one of the worst years for India, as a slew of scams tarnished its global reputation. In 2011, all politicians should resolve to be honest and sincere and pledge to work together
to root out corruption from the system.
Sharda Bhargav, via email

Chakravarty's satire on US President Barack Obama, who he asks to consult corporate lobbyist Niira Radia for an image makeover, was out of this world. As far as an image makeover is concerned, Pakistani celebrity Veena Malik of Bigg Boss fame could also give Obama a few tips, as despite having made a mockery of herself in Pakistan, she has amassed a huge fan following in India.
GK Arora, Delhi

Better safe and sorry
This refers to Karan Thapar's article Just say mea culpa (Sunday Sentiments, December 26). A journalist should be careful while sharing information with others and expressing opinions. There is no scope for prejudice, loose talk or gossip in journalism. Even then if he commits a mistake, he should admit it and apologise. This will ensure that the common man doesn't lose trust in the media.
SC Vaid, via email

We Indians have a habit of forgetting people's mistakes and forgiving them in no time. The Radiagate exposé is a case in point. Till yesterday we were questioning the integrity of some of the senior-most journalists in India who are allegedly involved in one of the biggest scandals in the Indian media's history. But today, nobody seems bothered about it. This has worked to the advantage of the journalists and has set a bad precedent.
PM Gopalan, Mumbai

Picture perfect
Indrajit Hazra's 11 predictions for 2011 as stated in Oh,
it will be swell (Red Herring, December 26), left me amused. As a reader I find a ritualistic rewinding of the major events of the proverbial ‘year gone by' less interesting than New Year predictions. I am too nervous about Hazra's first ten predictions to comment on them. But the last point makes me wonder if Hazra's column will really continue in 2011. His photograph goes well with his style of writing and the uncertainty of readers' reactions that accompany it.
Rupabh Shukla, via email