The Arab revolution’s well begun but far from done
With reference to Khushwant Singh’s article Arab revolution: don’t rejoice yet (With Malice Towards One and All, February 27), many Arab countries including Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria are undergoing a political change, which is being interpreted as the victory of democracy over dictatorship. But it would be naive to draw conclusions just yet. It’s important for the international community to step in, consult the protestors and decide the fate of these nations, as any wrong step now will lead to many more problems.
Anju D Anand, Solan
Minimise towering health risks
Rhythma Kaul in Towering concern (Health, February 27) rightly highlights the dangers that mobile phone towers pose to the health of people living in the vicinity. Mobile companies should adhere to the radiation norms approved by the World Health Organisation. The ministry of telecommunication should impose heavy fines on them if they flout these norms. Studies have proved that the radiations from these towers lead to various diseases. People should protest against the installation of these towers in residential colonies and the health ministry should ask mobile operators to work out alternative technologies.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi
As usual, not much in the kitty for people
I agree with Omkar Goswami that it’s time the government pressed the reform button and regained the high ground it’s lost due to corruption (One last time, with feeling, Pranab-babu, Sunday Guest Column, February 27). The UPA government should stop giving false assurances to people if it can’t formulate a people-friendly budget. This year’s budget resembles a balance sheet, which makes public the government’s assets and liabilities. It had nothing to offer the common man.
GK Arora, Delhi
I disagree with Goswami who believes people in India give the Union budget more importance that it deserves and that India must mature as a society more than as an economy. In India, budgets are more about politics and less about the economy. Every government tries to use it to further its interests.
GD Sharma, via email
People always have high hopes from the budget. The salaried class expects the finance minister to increase the income tax limit and bring down inflation, entrepreneurs want changes in trade duties while farmers wish for subsidies. But the truth is that our successive governments have always disappointed the common man.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email
It’s all personal
Karan Thapar’s article Naughty nineties (Sunday Sentiments, February 27) was disappointing. The Hindustan Times should refrain from giving precious print space to people like Khushwant Singh and Karan Thapar who write about their personal lives and the lives of their near and dear ones, which don’t interest HT readers.
RM Deshpande, Mumbai
Thapar does a good job of describing the never-say-die attitude to life of the wives of defence personnel. Their ability to face odd situations with determination is exemplary. Undeterred by any difficulty while their husbands are busy protecting the nation, their contribution to national development can’t be ignored.
Subhash Vaid, via email
Thapar’s article made me nostalgic about my father, who passed away last year at the age of 91. One day he fell ill and doctors concluded that he had suffered a silent stroke. He unsuccessfully tried to convey his last wish through gestures. We still feel guilty of not being able to fulfil his last wish, as we couldn’t understand what he wanted to say. It’s important that doctors cooperate more with aged patients and their families.
VC Parthasarathy, via email
Sum of his fears
Manas Chakravarty’s take on the budget through the characters of Bablu and his mother made for interesting reading (Run, Bablu, run! Loose Canon, February 27). One expected Pranab-babu to ease the burden of the price rise on the aam aadmi through his budget. We wanted him to use all his might to curtail India’s mounting fiscal deficit. But it seems Bablu’s fears will eventually come true.
Vishal Bhambhani, Ujjain
Alike in different ways
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Two’s a crowd (Red Herring, February 27) on the similarities between Darren Aronofsky’s The Black Swan and Satyajit Ray’s Debi. I think Aronofsky hasn’t read Prabhatkumar Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Debi’, but I am sure he has seen Ray’s version. The two stories are different but Hazra’s comparison of the leading characters is brilliant.
Rohit Mehta, via email
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