Media must learn to introspect
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Views we can use (Sunday Sentiments, November 6), I endorse Justice Markandey Katju's indictment of the Indian media. How else does one explain the media's obsession with cricket, film stars, fashion and astrology? The amateurish presentation by several TV anchors is unbelievable. It is time the Editors' Guild and the News Broadcasters Association did some introspection.
M Ratan, Delhi
Justice Katju's remark has created quite a controversy. Most unbiased readers will share his opinion. Dedication to people, not corporate houses or politicians in the ruling dispensation, is its acid test.
JN Bhartiya, Hyderabad
Reforms are long overdue
The article Remember reforms? (Chanakya, November 6) is a timely warning to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA. All is not lost and if we overhaul archaic laws on land acquisition, election machinery and corporate structuring, it will be possible to improve the economic situation and give the country a new direction.
Jugnu Bagga, Delhi
Wipro chief Azim Premji has commented on the absence of decision-making in the UPA. He fails to understand that UPA 2 has been in the grip of successive scams and related parliamentary disruptions ever since it came to power, which has prevented any meaningful work from taking place. Not that the state of affairs was much different when the BJP was in power.
Pathikrit Chakraborty, Lucknow
Telling a tale
With reference to Manas Chakravarty's article No rhyme or reason (Loose Canon, November 6), India is a country of contradictions and paradoxes. That there can be 300 versions of an epic is nothing compared to the fact that there are crores of gods. Parables and fables are ultimately based on the fantasy, fear and falsehood that human beings believe in.
Sudershan Walia, Amritsar
Anna hasn't run out of steam
Neyaz Farooquee and Shreya Sethuraman are somewhat hasty in their sweeping conclusion that public support to Anna Hazare and his team is diminishing (Team Anna: The way forward, The Big Story, November 6). Some people might be carried away by the adverse propaganda unleashed by the Cong-ress' spin-doctors, but the majority is still with Team Anna as they have figured that whoever speaks out against corruption, will obviously be attacked by the Congress.
AK Sharma, Chandigarh
No kidding around
The issue Indrajit Hazra raises in Babies in heaven (Red Herring, November 6) is of deep concern. Shikha Bibi lost her child because of the carelessness of hospital officials. Such deaths are soon forgotten as people, including parents who suffered the loss, resume the normal course of life. But every such death is a shame to the hospital that caused it.
Anju Anand, via email
In the end of his column, Babies in heaven (Red Herring, Nov 6) Indrajit Hazra incorrectly uses the term 'crib death' to describe the recent deaths of infants in West Bengal hospitals. All infant deaths are not crib deaths. Crib death, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is the sudden death of a healthy baby. The exact cause of SIDS is not known. The risk of crib death is highest when the baby is sleeping, so it is sometimes also referred to as 'cot death'. The deaths in West Bengal were due to many reasons including the children being underweight, suffering infections and being neglected at the hospitals. Calling their deaths 'crib deaths' would be incorrect.