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The importance of being Middle Class

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 23:33 IST

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vir sanghvi’s Top, Middle and Grassroots (Counterpoint, 14 January) gave a clear picture of present-day India. The Indian middle class has emerged as the most active section of society: this is a good sign because the middle class has the most educated opinion on everything.

Neeraj Benjwal, New Delhi

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It is true that India’s middle class has played a vibrant role in the country’s progress. Instead of sticking to a particular ideology, they always remain in favour of objective treatment of a problem.

Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh

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Vir Sanghvi is right in pointing out the some Central ministers are completely unknown. Then, there are some like Sharad Pawar who are better known as ‘Minister for Cricket’ rather than Agriculture Minister. Even farmer suicides seem to have no impact on the Agriculture Minister who is now eyeing a plum post as ICC chief.

Nitin G Gokarn, Mumbai

Cold comfort

It was painful to read in Sunday Sentiments how Karan Thapar suffered for a couple of days in London while having all electrical aid at his disposal (The winter of 1984 was worse, 14 January). Maybe he should visit the poor who live in shanties, with the sky as their only protection.

K Venkataraman, Delhi

What about conversions?

This refers to Dr Babu Joseph’s In the name of the Father (Guest Column, 14 January). There is no denying that Christians have been serving the country — but that does not give them the right to promote conversions.

Bal Govind, Bareilly

Weather report

With reference to the article by Sir Nicholas Stern in Freaky Weather (Focus, 14 January), I would like to point out that water vapour in the atmosphere is the most important greenhouse gas and its greenhouse effect is four times that of carbon dioxide and eight times that of methane.

Vijaya Singh, on email

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