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Those Left behind

With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Republic of delusions (January 26), most of the time, economic development and other events are raised by the middle-class only because these affect it.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2008 22:44 IST

With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Republic of delusions (January 26), most of the time, economic development and other events are raised by the middle-class only because these affect it. The poor have no time for protests. Take the share markets, they only affect people from the middle-class upwards. The Nano car is labelled as the people’s car. But can a poor person buy it for Rs 1.25 lakh? Let’s be clear, it is a middle-class car.

Mahesh Kapasi, via e-mail

II

Barkha Dutt rightly stated that the middle-class thinks that India’s poor are living in a separate country. Actually, in India there are three countries, the rich India, the middle-class (admixture of not too rich and not too poor) India and the poor India. Whereas the rich India has nothing to do with the other two, the middle-class India is busy in achieving more and more without caring for the travails of those in the poor India.

GK Arora, Delhi

III

It is true that India has achieved a lot in many spheres. Development and progress is a continuous process if it benefits all segments of society. The prosperity of certain sections can’t be taken as the benchmark for the prosperity of the nation as a whole. The Sensex and Nifty are indicators, not a definitive testimony to prosperity. Millions of Indians are still living miserable lives. They have no happiness or prosperity. Being a sovereign nation, we must act as a republic.

Harosh Kumar, Delhi

Equal freedom

Ramachandra Guha’s article His faith, our faith (January 30) was timely. Gandhiji’s opposition to conversion has to be seen in the context of the MacDonald Award of 1932, which proposed a separate electorate for Dalits. This would have diluted the united struggle against the British. His religious beliefs were pivotal to his political and social philosophy and endeared him to the masses at large. While the Congress under a moderate leadership had remained confined to the elitist section of society, Gandhiji brought the common man into the ambit of the national movement. It was Gandhi’s religiosity that made the masses identify themselves with him and made them acquire a stake in India’s freedom struggle.

Mahima Manchanda, via e-mail

Mahatma’s premonition

The controversy over whether Mahatma Gandhi uttered the word ‘He Ram’ when he was shot on January 30, 1948, is futile. And the FIR has thrown new light on what Gandhi actually uttered. It was, it would seem, ‘Rama, Rama’. It is appropriate that ‘He Ram’ depicts his state of mind accurately, what he uttered may be because he had a premonition that he would die that day. But perhaps he was disillusioned by the ultimate greed for holding on to power by the leaders and the beginning of the cancer of corruption that was slowly spreading. In fact, with the BSE index rising concurrently, the corruption index too is rising year after year.

Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

Unjust sentence

Indrajit Hazra’s article Let Sayed Kambakhsh live (February 1) shows how we remain silent when grave injustice is being done all around us. This issue is worth raising our voice so that the world puts pressure on Hamid Karzai in the same manner that Italy did to free the kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo. Afghan journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh must not die, for with him will die the conscience of each one of us.

John Dayal, Delhi

Constant objections

The report Left opposes govt’s FDI push (February 1) should not surprise anyone since the Leftists are opposing each and every move of the UPA government. And it is surprising that they call themselves ‘outside supporters’ of the government. They should withdraw support rather torturing the government on a daily basis. Instead of being called outside supporters, they should be dubbed as ‘inside obstructionists’.

PC Sinha, Patna

Misplaced criticism

Mina Anand's article Wrong line and length (January 31) triggers off a hidden question against cricket writers. But they should not play on the sentiments of players as well as of their audience. It is a wrong step by the cricket writers to criticise such players who have been serving the nation. The cricket writers who consider themselves as masters of the game should support and guide them instead of being critical. This will regenerate the zeal and vigour in the minds of players and help them to perform well in tough times.

Vikram Sethi, via e-mail

Unsporting apology

The apology by legendary Diego Maradona is too late to compensate for the trauma of the loss of the World Cup quarterfinal for England. He named it “Hand of God” and it brought Argentina the World Cup victory. But what is the use of repentance after such a long interval when nobody can change history. Where was the sporting spirit decades ago?

Ashish Kumar Mohanty, Kolkata