If India's media can't help Pakistan, it should keep quiet
Imtiaz Ahmad and Anirudh Bhattacharyya's report Who will help Pakistan? (Sunday Special, August 15) added insult to a flood-struck Pakistan's injury. It is shameful that instead of highlighting the plight of the flood victims, Hindustan Times is trying to belittle Pakistan. It's not true that nobody wants to help Pakistan. In fact, India has offered a $5-million aid and Islamabad has accepted it too. Such reports can demoralise the flood victims. The Indian media should focus on their country's problems instead of meddling in Pakistan's affairs.
Saeed Bashir, via email
No chance of a hat trick
Karan Thapar's article Judgement Day (Sunday Sentiments, August 15) presented one of the best analyses of UPA 2's performance so far. He hits the nail on the head by stating,"In many areas the government appears confused, contradictory or, worse, paralysed". Today, India has more problems to tackle than it did before the UPA came to power in 2004. Worse, the prime minister and the Congress president are silent on national crises. It's clear that though the UPA managed to return to power in 2009, it can't expect to repeat its feat for the third time in the 2014 general elections.
B.M. Singh, Amritsar
It is time to dial S for silence
With reference to Vir Sanghvi's article How to get rid of those tele-pests (Counterpoint, August 15), earlier tele-marketers used to harass people by calling at odd hours. But now they have found a new 'tool' in SMSes to pester consumers. The problem is not trivial, as every day each subscriber receives almost 15-20 undesired promotional messages. While the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) blames mobile phone operators for flouting norms by sharing users' data with telemarketing firms, the latter blames Trai and accuses it of not framing strong policies. When will they arrive at a solution that benefits the common man?
Bal Govind, Noida
The SMS menace must be brought to an end. The government should take the mobile operating companies to task. Like in America, a hefty fine should either be imposed on these companies for every promotional SMS or the facility should be made available only to those subscribers who opt for it.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Manas Chakravarty's article Free-for-all country (Loose Canon, August 15) was witty and made for interesting reading. He deftly used sarcasm to poke fun at the Commonwealth Games' organisers, Mayawati's obsession with her statues, Ratan Tata's takeover of Jaguar and the global economic meltdown. The article presented an excellent assessment of the term 'independence'. Chakravarty's analysis makes one wonder if Indians really deserve freedom!
Sonali Agarwal, Jaipur
Indrajit Hazra raised a valid question in his article No Dependence Day (Red Herring, August 15): are we really independent? Even after 63 years of independence from British rule, the answer, sadly, is a 'no'. We are dependent on corrupt public officials and illiterate and selfish politicians. We are still struggling with the same problems that hampered India's growth in the early 50s: misgovernance, price rise, population explosion and insurgency. Worse, with technological advancements, we are now slaves to mindless TV soaps, the internet and mobile phones.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
No hits, only misses
The prime minister, in his Independence Day address to the nation, reiterated those problems that his government has been struggling to resolve for the past five years. The only accomplishment of the UPA in the past year, about which the PM talked in detail, is the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). We hope that the list of achievements is longer than that of the problems in his next I-Day speech.
Mohammad Taufiq, Gurgaon
The photofeature on the works of Homai Vyarawalla titled Once upon a time in India (Independence Day Special, August 15) was published courtesy Homai Vyarawalla Archives and the Alkazi Collection of Photography. We regret that the credits of the photographs were not carried.
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