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The quest for the god particle

india Updated: Sep 14, 2008 23:16 IST
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Sitaram Yechury in He=mc2 (Left Hand Drive, September 12) has demonstrated his versatility in writing on diverse subjects like particle physics, global warming and economics. I wish he had also mentioned that the sub-atomic particle with integer spin boson is named after an Indian physicist, SN Bose. Professor Higgs of Britain, now 79, had proposed the existence of this ‘God Particle’ about 45 years back. Let us all extend our support to this experiment.
SK Takkar, via email

Identifying the new global Indian

After reading Soumya Bhattacharya’s article Bookest of them all (Keyboard capers, September 11), I began to wonder about globalisation and Indianness. Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and shot to fame by winning the Pulitzer, an award given only to American writers. She has never claimed to be Indian, unlike Rushdie whose assertions were challenged by Vikram Chandra’s argument that he doesn’t live in India. Is the new global-Indian literary tradition being forged, not by global osmosis, but by international markets? Or is it her fetching caramel skin (as described in the American press) that’s leading to her uncritical acceptance as an Indian writer?

Anuradha Marwah, Delhi

A ‘unique’ turn of events

With reference to the report Military vs para-military (September 11), everyone knows that successive governments at the Centre have given a raw deal to the armed forces personnel. But the Congress-led UPA government has given India the unique distinction of being the world’s only country to put the paramilitary above the military. Perhaps the UPA could include this historic feat in their manifesto in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.

Ghufran Ahmed, via email

US steps into Pak’s vacuum

Apropos of the report Singed by Bushfire, Pak generals seethe (September 12), the ground attack by American forces on Pakistan’s tribal areas, without permission, is a response to a belated realisation that Pakistan is a safe haven for militant outfits like al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Pakistani rulers unwillingness and incompetence to combat their internal roots of terror has created the ground for America’s action. Pakistan’s sovereignty has been breached more by militants than by the US. Pakistan has failed to show that it is sincere in combating terrorists operating from its soil.

KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan

Will the real culprits stand up?

With reference to the report PM wants rethink on judges appointments (September 12), it is a wonder how such corrupt people make it to senior judicial posts. They are obviously not self-appointed and the real culprits are those who enable and facilitate their induction. This includes our esteemed politicians, who have been absolved of all accountability. This oversight must be rectified.

Keshav Prasad, via email