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india Updated: Jul 27, 2013 00:10 IST

The Modi visa row is a desperate attempt to attract public attention
With reference to the editorial This diminishes Modi and India (Our Take, July 25), while it doesn’t behove Rajnath Singh, the president of the principal Opposition party, to have publicly reque-sted the US administration to grant Narendra Modi a US visa, it’s unjustified for 65 MPs to sign a petition requesting the US not to change its visa policy on Modi. The grant/denial of visa by a country to any individual is its sole prerogative and hence the matter — which falls under its sovereign domain — should be left to its discretion without Indian politicians trying to influence the issue. This episode clearly suggests a bid to attract public attention. Our politicians are willing to rake up issues that have no bearing on the common man.
Pramod Srivastava, via email

Modi is not fit to become PM
This refers to the report Don’t want Modi as my PM, says Sen (July 23). I fully endorse Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s views on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. His candidature is not suitable for the post of prime minister as he doesn’t have a secular image. Moreover, he was initially focusing on development and growth but now he has started positioning himself as a hardline Hindutva ideologue. It is appalling that in the face of Modi’s megalomania, the BJP has done little to bring senior leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh into the national spotlight.
Lav Tiwari, via email

A deeply scarred society
Kudos to the Hindustan Times for running a campaign against acid attacks and helping survivors come out and talk about the ordeal that they have gone through. Every story of struggle and survival is inspiring. However, the real challenge is societal acceptance and the rehabilitation of the survivors. The fact that society often shuns an acid attack victim speaks volumes about its double standards.
Kiran Sabharwal, via email

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