Discordant notes, musical genius
Khushwant Singh's article Of Bhupen Hazarika and the sea of humanity (With Malice Towards One and All, November 20) is full of factual errors. Bhupen Hazarika's hometown was Guwahati not Siliguri, as Singh mentions. He married only once, to Priyamvada Patel. People may call Hazarika a 'one-song wonder', but the truth is that he was a musician par excellence, who not only sang but also wrote his own songs.
Kul Goswami Rahman, via email
Singh has paid a wonderful tribute to Hazarika, whose death is a big loss for the Indian musical industry. Few people know that Hazarika was also a film director, editor, social activist and humanist. The fact that about half a million people visited Hazarika's house to pay tribute confirms that he was a national icon.
Devajeet Saikia , via email
No Maya about this Maya in UP
With reference to the article Ups and downs in UP (Chanakya, November 20), Mayawati is a seasoned politician. The timing of her decision to propose to the Centre the division of Uttar Pradesh shows that she is not leaving things to chance to ensure her party's victory in the assembly elections next year. Mayawati realises that people know she is corrupt. But she is also aware that, at the moment, there is no other political party that can give the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) a run for its money.
Ramesh Raghuvanshi, via email
The credit for Mayawati's success goes to the Congress's failed policies. The UP chief minister is a canny politician, who surprised everyone with her recent annou-ncements. Be it her decision to indefinitely adjourn the state assembly or ask the Centre to divide UP into four smaller states, she has been one step ahead of her competitors. This is what has given the BSP an edge over the others. Rahul Gandhi, with his immature comments, is no match for a practical politician like Mayawati. The Congress will have to pay the price for going it alone in UP.
V Sivasubramaniam, via email
If anyone can, he Khan
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Imran the saviour (Sunday Sentiments, November 20), in all likelihood, Imran Khan will win the next general elections in Pakistan. For decades, two highly corrupt families have been ruling Pakistan. Instead of promoting growth and safeguarding the country against terrorists, they have worked hand-in-glove with the army to promote personal interests. Khan could be the change that the people of Pakistan have been waiting for years. He is capable of overcoming all challenges and putting Pakistan on the road to development.
Shahid Hussein Qaboolpuria, Lahore
Khan has never agreed to place the Kashmir issue on the backburner. In fact, he has always criticised India for not doing enough on the issue and has even concluded that the Indian Army can't win in Kashmir. Before going gaga over him, Thapar should realise that just because Khan is popular doesn't mean that he's capable of leading the nation.
Munibah Hamid, via email
Prized slot among TV shows
This refers to Sharon Fernandes' article Common connection (3600, November 20). I believe that Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is immensely successful because it's a 'people's show'. The 'hero' of the show is the common man, not a celebrity. The format of the show, an affable host and the prize money, which the participants believe will help realise their drea-ms, makes KBC different from oth-er reality shows. Unlike other reality shows like, say Bigg Boss, where second-rate celebrities abuse and plot against each other, KBC provi-des complete family entertainment.
Murli, via email
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