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The Middle Class wants to get by on merit

india Updated: Apr 21, 2007 23:56 IST
The Middle Class wants to get by on merit

Vir Sanghvi in Middle Class’s Growing Distance (April 15) stated that the middle class is the driving force behind the economic boom. But the government is obsessed with the politics of quotas, recapturing vote-banks and placating the Left. The middle class should be given what it deserves — simplified tax laws and procedures, freedom to work, corruption-free administration and a secular set-up without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed
or gender.

It does not want favours for its children but would be angry if its children cannot get admission to institutions of higher learning on merit.

KS Bhalla, Delhi

Blast from the past

I really enjoyed RM Patwardhan’s article Sweet music man (April 15) on Ravi Saheb. It evoked nostalgic memories of what Hindustani music was all about in the past. People like KL Saighal, Rafi, Talat and the latest Jagjit Singh are incomparable. I still use a gramophone on which I play LP records of my favourites. I hope to see more such pieces in future.

PM Gopalan, via e-mail


The piece on Ravi by RM Patwardhan captured the genius of this unassuming music director. He probably got the best out of Mahendra Kapoor and the beauty of his music for Humraaz, Do badan, Nikaah and Waqt will remain etched in public memory forever.

His compositions for Dilli ka thug etc. are proof of his versatility and one of them should have featured among his
Top 10 songs.

Subhashish Chattopadhyay