It’s not too late to confer the Bharat Ratna on Kurien
This refers to the report Verghese Kurien, thank you for the utterly butterly movement (September 10). Kurien, who was instrumental in bringing about the ‘white revolution’ in India, which solved India’s milk problem and generated mass employment in rural areas, will continue to inspire us. It is amazing how he managed to keep politics and politicians from influencing his work. The government should have conferred the Bharat Ratna on Kurien for changing the lives of millions of people. It can still do it, it’s never too late to honour the great nation-builder.
Bichu Muttathara, Pune
Thumbs down to parochial politics
Ramachandra Guha’s article What a tragic fall (History Matters, September 10) presents a good analysis on a political malaise — parochial politics— that many countries, including India, suffer from. It is appalling that politicians, especially those in Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, are using religion, language, ehnicity or geography to divide society and gain political mileage. The anti-Bihari sentiment being fanned by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray should not provoke people. Instead, in the next elections, voters should make it clear to the MNS that its socially divisive policy has no place in our democracy.
Aparajita Kotlia, Dehradun
Where there is no political will...
This refers to the report Indians have lost faith in economy (September 11). With a corruption-plagued government at the helm and a polarised BJP in the Opposition, it is not surprising to learn that people have lost faith in the economy. A worsening economic situation, which is a result of policy paralysis, is in want of big-ticket reforms. But, unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any political will for improvement.
Gautam Chandra, via email