With reference to Shishir Gupta's article Catch me if you can (Focus, April 8), while the US has decl-ared a bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head, he is moving around freely in Pakistan, giving interviews to news channels and issuing venomous statements against India and America. By now everyone has realised that Pakistan considers Saeed as an important asset and won't take action against him.
-GK Arora, Delhi
Blowing hot and cold on road rage
Pankaj Mullick makes a simplistic argument in his article Season of rage (360 degree, April 8) when he cites the rising temperature in the capital as one of the reasons for road rage. By this argument, shouldn't there be fewer, or rather no, incidents of road rage during winter?
-Anil Sharma, via email
Left in the lurch once again
The article Not getting it right (Chanakya, April 8) provides a good analysis of how the CPI(M) has no one but itself to blame for its debacle in West Bengal and Kerala. The party hasn't changed with the times. Despite having many seasoned politicians, the CPI(M) hasn't undertaken any serious soul-searching. The failure of the Left is disappointing for the nation, as it is an important part of our political spectrum. It must get its act together to fill up a critical void in Indian politics.
-Yedendra Kumar, via email
I quite agree with Chanakya's view that the Left can never be a viable alternative to the UPA and the NDA. The CPI(M) is not only making one mistake after another but it does not also seem interested in reinventing itself. Under the leadership of Prakash Karat, all CPI(M) members are living in a fool's paradise. This doesn't bode well for the future of communism in India.
-Bal Govind, Noida
Movement for selfish motives
This refers to Karan Thapar's article No surprises here (Sunday Sent-iments, April 8). The Indian Express report on the so-called unusual movement of two army units tow-ards Delhi in January is rubbish. A careful reading of the report reveals that it is self-contradictory. While the reporters start the story by calling the movement 'strange', they conclude by stating that it was a routine exercise. It seems that someone within the government, who is bent on maligning the reputation of the army chief for personal reasons, used the publication for his own ends.
-Jitendra Kothari, Mumbai
Taliban should play by the rules
This refers to Manas Chakravarty's article Well that's the score (Loose Canon, April 8). Afghanistan needs reforms, not sports. The Taliban is intolerant of others' opinions and has absolutely no regard for women or children. Instead of promoting cricket, the Taliban should shift its focus to laying the foundations of a just society.
-Gautam Chandra, via email
Let's get real on reel
This refers to Priyanka Jain's article Bollywood's new boys' club (The Big Story, April 8). The rising popularity of parallel cinema proves that Bollywood lovers have come of age. People are tired of watching movies which feature superstars but lack strong storylines or good acting. The success of Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar confirms that people want filmmakers to return to the basics of movie-making.
-Harleen Pandher, via email
Reviving a sense of poetry
Shalini Singh's article Dead poets society (Variety, April 8) makes for interesting reading. Not only Hindus and Muslims, but also the Urdu language suffered during Partition. But it is heartening to note that the fans of Urdu poetry are increasing by the day in India. The credit for its revival goes to people like Kamna Prasad of Jash-e-Bahar trust, Mehran Jaidi and Pawan Kumar Verma.
-Manoj Parashar, via email
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