With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s write-up, Sorry, Wrong Number (November 4), it is becoming evident that most mobile phone users are not interested in receiving calls from telemarketers. Though the (National Do Not Call) NDNC mechanism is a well thought-out measure, the process of registration and maintaining the huge database will cost millions of rupees and man-hours. When people are against receiving unwanted calls, why should there be such a huge expenditure on a wasteful exercise? The best action would be to ban all telemarketing calls. For those who wish to receive such calls, let them get registered as ‘Open to call’.
Mahesh Kapasi, via e-mail
I would like to share with HT’s readers a plan that really worked to tackle unsolicited commercial calls on one’s phones. I started politely refusing the offers from such callers, but started offering to sell my own old electronic gadgets. Lo and behold, in a week’s time, I could manage to sell my old TV. If a majority would start promoting its own interests through such company-promoted calls, I do not think companies would continue hiring people to promote causes other than that of their own.
Balvinder Singh, Chandigarh
Vir Sanghvi has rightly pointed out the nuisance created by the telemarketers. Even a government organisation like the State Bank of India uses telemarketing to sell its credit cards. In all the big companies, be it a mobile service provider or bank, it is almost impossible to register a complaint. Nobody will listen to your complaints, your e-mail will bounce back and even if complaint is noted, no action will be taken. Only a threat of legal action can produce results.
Ujjal Dutta, Delhi
Indrajit Hazra in Do have koffee with Karat (November 4) has highlighted the feeling of the majority of Indians. The Congress and the Left are poking fun at people. The latest is the statement issued by Prakash Karat that there is no possibility of a mid-term poll. These parties should spell out whether the people opposing the nuclear deal are anti-development or is it that both parties are trying to develop their vote-bank by this meaningless rhetoric?
Murari Chaturvedi, via e-mail
It is shameful that on the nuclear deal issue, our leadership has preferred to wash its dirty linen in front of the world. The deal may or may not be good for the country, but the UPA and the Left should have formed consensus or backed out much earlier. We need a consistent foreign policy, whatever be our political coalition compulsions back home.
Ved Guliani, Hissar
An uncaring system
Karan Thapar’s article, Spare a thought for Pratap Naik (November 4) is thought-provoking. The case is an example of injustice, inhumanity and shame to the nation. The mental agony undergone by Pratap
Naik and his family, the harsh ordeal that took a decade to resolve was heart-rending. A genuine case of justice delayed being justice denied.
Harish Benjwal, Delhi