I agree with Amitav Ghosh's views in Writings, not writers (February 7) that an author's body of work is far important than his appearances at literature festivals. If an author has to come out and stand up for his work, then it defeats the purpose of writing. But the 'tamasha-fication' of literature is here to stay, thanks to our consumerist mentality. Only public and media savvy authors will get the coverage while others, especially those who write in regional languages, will lose out.
Nishi Jain, Delhi
Clean up the party first, Rahul
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's remark that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is not eyeing any post but is only keen to start a new kind of politics is hogwash (PMship not on Rahul's mind, says Priyanka, February 6). If Rahul is so serious about serving the people, he should clean up his own party first by sacking corrupt ministers who have stolen public funds. The Congress may get some additional seats but it is unlikely to come to power in Uttar Pradesh. India needs a government that is serious about taking action against the corrupt, and the Congress is definitely not the one.
Kavita Srikanth, Mumbai
Come to the aid of greater good
With reference to the editorial To give by other means (Our Take, February 7), I agree that foreign aid should not be based on quid pro quo considerations. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of targeting aid through the private sector in India's backward states should achieve the dual purpose of sustainable development and efficient use of resources. Britain could emulate the Japanese, who put funds into identifiable projects like the Delhi Metro.
Sudipta Das, via email
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