Tourism in India is still on the road less travelled
While reading the article Enjoying Spillgate by Christopher Eliot (Global, June 27), I couldn’t help but think how other countries manage to capitalise even on disaster. In comparison, Indian tourism suffers from a severe case of poverty amidst plenty, for we have failed to leverage some of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful places in our country to attract tourism.
Kanika Deswal, via email
Patience, not punishment
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's write-up It just won’t stick (Red Herring, June 27), a society is judged by the way it treats its children. Corporal punishment not only results in grave injuries, but leads to many children making excuses for not attending school. Many of them are psychologically shattered, and often resort to extreme measures like suicide. Instead of threatening students, teachers should inculcate the right values of patience and non-violence in them. Children’s weaknesses can only be addressed through counseling and compassion, not by beating or ridiculing them.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
Let’s learn to call a spade a spade
Vir Sanghvi in When the means don’t justify the end (Counterpoint, June 27) seems to have overlooked the fact that what differentiates the Naxalites from other violent groups is the presence of the truly oppressed in their ranks. Maoist leaders may well be ruthless, but their foot soldiers are mostly the forgotten children of India, who have taken up arms out of desperation. Whatever be the argument against Naxal violence, if a murderer is a murderer, then the Indian State is as culpable as any other group.
Tanmay Shukla, Delhi
A majority of Indians would concur with Sanghvi’s argument, but our country gives all citizens a vote, irrespective of their level of education or awareness of the democratic process. So, people generally cast their votes on the basis of religion, caring little for the credentials of the candidates, who continue to make up fictitious arguments to preserve their votebanks. Until they learn to treat all murders as a crime, no matter the provocation, nothing will change.
J.P. Mengi, Ghaziabad
All pain, no gain
I was happy to note that Karan Thapar, in Dreaming of Sheila (Sunday Sentiments, June 27), used his column to discuss a genuine problem, unlike many other journalists. It’s a fact that our political bosses live in luxury, far removed from the reality of the hardships faced by the common man. Until they suffer a similar fate, they will never understand our pain.
Deepjot Singh Thukral, Ambala
It is true that power cuts make people irritable, but compared to other states Delhiites are much better off. I've witnessed several villages in the country enveloped in darkness, lit only by small earthen lamps, with the residents forced to spend the nights in the open. Who will speak for them? Without adequate power, how can we even dream of transforming our country into an economic powerhouse?
T.C. Gopalakrishnan, via email
A stale tale
Khushwant Singh, in A new BJP takes the stage with stale noises, and old faces (With Malice Towards One and All, June 27), has made the same stale argument he’s been repeating ad nauseam in successive columns. Instead, he should try and explain Sonia Gandhi’s silence on the Warren Anderson episode. Since she comments on almost everything, her silence is rather puzzling.
Priyadarsi Dutta, Delhi
Khushwant Singh keeps asking for L.K. Advani’s resignation from the BJP, citing his age, while continuing his smear campaign at the ripe old age of 96. Perhaps he should retire his irrational bias against the BJP first.
Ashish Rai, via email
In Rahul Karmarkar’s article on the Manipur blockade (69 days of solitude, The Big Story, June 27), the term ‘Meitei’ is given to mean a tribe, when it is, in fact, a community. The error is regretted.