Political will is required to make people aware of the North-east
With reference to the editorial No medals for our ignorance (Our Take, August 10), Olympic bronze medal winner MC Mary Kom's (pic above) comment that her victory will make people shift their attention towards North-east India shows the high levels of ignorance among Indians about seven states in the country. Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter faux pas is symbolic of how people treat the North-east. A strong political will is required to remind people that the North-east is very much a part of India and its people enjoy the same rights that all other Indians do.
-Bal Govind, via email
It's got a false ring to it
The proposed scheme of distributing cellphones among below poverty line (BPL) families is ridiculous and will be a waste of public money (Govt may roll out 6 lakh cellphones for BPL families, August 9). The poor need healthy food, potable water and pucca homes, not cellphones. If the UPA is so concerned about the welfare of BPL families then why did it not distribute foodgrain among them, as the Supreme Court had advised it to do earlier this year?
-Tapas K Dutta, via email
The media is not impartial at all
Rajdeep Sardesai makes a weak case for the media when he states that the lack of proper coverage of the Assam riots is due to inaccessibility (Tyranny of distance, Beyond The Bite, August 10). The truth is that the media is biased against some communities. It's surprising that the recent killing of Sikhs in a gurudwara in the US has got more media coverage than the death of 70 people in Assam.
-Subrata Mukherjee, Delhi
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