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india Updated: Oct 10, 2011 01:12 IST

Carving out smaller states will not solve the bigger problems
With reference to the editorial Put an end to this logjam (Our Take, October 7), there is no denying that the UPA government at the Centre has not been able to handle the Telangana issue competently. In fact, the home ministry’s waffling stance and double-talk only aggravated the matter. Instead of dithering, the Centre must clearly tell the agitators that a separate state is not possible at this juncture. To buttress its opinion, it can give examples of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. These states, which were carved out in 2001, have proved that small is necessarily not always beautiful. Instead of carving out more states, the Centre should try to correct regional imbalances that exist within big states.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

He was the Apple of our eye
Dan Gillmor in An iNtuitive man (October 7) is right in stating that Steve Jobs was a man of words and action. When I saw Apple II in early 1980s — I was amazed. There are many people in the world who have ideas that can be made into a product, but there are very few who change the way people think. Steve Jobs was successful doing that. What an amazing visionary he was!
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad


Why don’t we have any official mourning for non-political figures? There should have been one for Apple founder Steve Jobs, at least. Having said that, I agree that the man never hankered for such things. He was one of the greatest persons of this era and a hard-working genius. But above all he inspired — and will keep inspiring others with the way he faced his illness and made most of the time he got.
Sapan Garg, Noida