Kalam's adding to the UPA's woes
This refers to the article Confessions of a President (360 degree, July 1). The timing of the release of former president APJ Abdul Kalam's book Turning Point is interesting. Kalam is not someone who will rely on cheap publicity to sell his books. But coming at a time when the government is struggling with various problems, including multi-crore scams, the former president's revelations will harm the Congress-led UPA coalition.
Sudhakar Shenoy, Mumbai
Environment's as important as growth
Chetan Chauhan and Shalini Singh's article An unbalanced act (The Big Story, July 1) should serve as an eye-opener for the government as well as for the common man, as climate change affects each one of us. Growth is important, but it must not come at the cost of our environment.
AK Sharma, via email
Don't play the tribal card
With reference to the article No identity, no crisis (Chanakya, July 1), the BJP's presidential nominee PA Sangma doesn't need to play the tribal card to garner support for his election to the top post. Instead of talking about his tribal roots, Sangma should highlight his achievements as a politician. He has been representing the North-east for a long time and has enough qualities to give the UPA's presidential nominee, former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, a tough challenge. He should talk about how the office of the President of India will benefit if he is selected.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
It doesn't befit a person aspiring to become the president of the world's largest democracy to stoop to such low levels. A presidential nominee's caste, ethnicity and religion cannot decide his victory or defeat in the elections. The aspirant should have a good knowledge of the Indian Constitution, should be unbiased and must help India forge cordial relations with other countries.
Bal Govind, Noida
Vivekananda was a born king
I disagree with Karan Thapar's views as expressed in his article We can all be royal (Sunday Sent-iments, July 1). One doesn't have to belong to the royalty to, as the writer states, "grab people's attention". I suggest Thapar to read about Swami Vivekananda's life. Though he led a modest life, people revered him, perhaps as much as they respected the royal families of that time, because he was magnanimous, scholarly and not given to materialism. Romain Rolland, the French Nobel laureate, once famously said this about Swamiji: "His pre-eminent characteristic was kingliness. He was a born king..."
Debanshu Thakur, via email
If the members of a royal family are not bound by the law of the land and are free do as they please, then by that definition, all Indian politicians should be declared royals.
Medha Arya, via email
Before you criticise the State...
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article Anybody up there? (Red Her-ring, July 1), we, Indians have a penchant for criticising the government for all our problems. From low GDP rates to frequent power cuts, the State, we believe, is not doing eno-ugh for the citizens of the country. Perhaps it's all right to blame the government for many of these problems, but the people of the country must also realise that they, too, have some responsibility towards the nation. For example, when four-year-old Mahi fell into an illegal borewell in Haryana and lost her life, we wasted no time in accusing the local administration of negligence. But we conveniently forgot an important fact: it was one of Mahi's relatives who sold the cover of the borewell to make a quick buck. It's time we became responsible citizens and stopped accusing the government and our elected leaders for everything that's wrong in our society.
Gulshan Kumar, Delhi
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