Give Munni, Sheila a break
With reference to Shreevatsa Nevatia's article Step across this line (Variety, May 19), it is a matter of shame that the trend of item songs is now catching up with leading actresses also. Instead of playing characters who take control of their lives, they are now opting for 'item songs' whose lyrics are full of innuendos of titillation and temptation. The dance moves in these songs are sexually provocative to say the least. It is time the Central Board of Film Certification decided to be more stringent about the content of item songs. As far as actors and actresses are concerned, they must raise their voice against raunchy songs that relegate women to the status of sex objects. Item songs are a non-crucial part of any film and have nothing to do with the script.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
The Tiger's stripes are the same
Chanakya in the article Not in the stars for now (May 19) rightly says that like all of Pakistan's civilian leaders Nawaz Sharif understands that a normal relationship with India would be among the best ways to downsize the generals. The absence of anti-India rhetoric in the Pakistani election campaigns augurs well for India-Pakistan ties. Moreover, Sharif is making all the right noises by promising an inquiry into the Kargil invasion and displaying a keenness to visit India. But before India gets up its hopes, it must realise that it would be naïve to expect Sharif to change Pakistan's foreign policy vis-à-vis India single-handedly. He needs to make the ISI and the Pakistan Army more accountable and tackle the Taliban before he extends the hand of friendship to India.
Manish Chandra, via email
A democratically-elected government in Islamabad is a puppet in the hands of the Pakistan Army and we must take Sharif's pro-India comments with a pinch of salt. One should not forget that the Kargil war was fought when he was the prime minister of Pakistan.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
Neglected states of India
Indrajit Hazra's article India's coolest town (Red Herring, May 19) was a good read on a Sunday morning. But one cannot ignore the fact that the North-east region still remains neglected by the Centre. We only talk about Arunachal Pradesh whenever China makes a territorial claim on it. The media and political parties seldom highlight the problems faced by the people of the region. North-easterners living in cities like Delhi face discrimination on a daily basis. It's time the Centre brought the North-east region into the development as well as the cultural mainstream of the country.
Bhanu Pratap, via email
Making a pitch for fair play
With reference to Manas Chakrav-arty's article It's over and doubt (Loose Canon, May 19), in a country where cricket is considered a religion, match-fixing is nothing but blasphemy. The IPL spot-fixing scandal shows that the rot of corruption runs much deeper. We need high ethical standards in public life to ensure that the lure of easy money does not ruin the careers of our young cricketers. Those who are guilty of spot-fixing must be given the harshest punishment. Only this can be a deterrent for other players.
CP Chinda, via email
The IPL is functioning on the lines of the WWE where the outcome of the matches are pre-determined and scripted. It's time to clean up the game that we are very proud of.
Ravi Vats, via email
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