No point in being so touchy today
With reference to Shishir Gupta's article Speech and the State (The Big Story, August 26), the Union government seems to be hypersensitive about the objectionable content that is available online but then what about offensive content that is available offline? Moreover, it is unfortunate that even though India is an information technology superpower, the country still does not have its own social networking site(s) like China's Renren.
Deendayal M Lulla, Mumbai
The policies and arrogance of the Congress have provoked the people to circulate jokes about the party's leaders. The government should have taken all this in its stride instead of banning social networking sites. The importance of the internet in a democratic set-up cannot be emphasised enough.
AK Sharma, via email
The fault lies with us
Karan Thapar in South by North-east (Sunday Sentiments, August 26) correctly says that we are more vulnerable to social upheavals than the US and Britain. It is our indifferent attitude towards the people of the Northeast that pushed them to flee Bangalore and Mumbai after receiving threatening SMSes.
Gautam Chandra, via email
Thapar is right in mentioning that racism forced people to flee angalore, Mumbai and Pune. We may not to believe it, but the fact remains that the people of these seven states face discrimination all the time.
Bal Govind, Noida
I am ashamed to acknowledge that it was our indifference about people of other regions, and not the power of the social media, which was behind the exodus.
Esha Yadav, via email
The detail's in the retail
The article We need retail therapy (Chanakya, August 26) is right in stating that the central government's policy should be limited to approving foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals and cracking down on violations of the law by the states. It would be wise to lob the ball into the states' court and let them decide whether they want FDI or not. At present, farmers do not even receive half of what retailers get for their produce and FDI could help raise their standard of living.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Indian consumers have realised the importance of the retail sector. It restrains brokers and intermediaries and gives better deals and choices to the end customer. The farmers also get better returns for their produce. The government should not delay the entry of big retail companies.
P Saravana Durai, Mumbai
Acknowledge it, deal with it
With reference to Manas Chakravarty's Handle with flare (Loose Canon, August 26), the author correctly suggests that the government's should not have taken strong action against social media. While the government's right to censor communication at a time of crisis cannot be opposed, the recent episodes in the country show that our internet nannies need to be better educated about the values of freedom, transparency and discussion. Instead of focusing our energy on camouflaging its existence, it's high time the problem was tackled head-on.
Medha Arya, via email
It tickled one's funny bone
Indrajit Hazra's satiric sense of humour on the subject of satire itself was hilarious and yet thought-provoking (The lafangey club, Red Herring, August 26).
RL Pathak, Delhi