Modi’s development task is cut out

The statistics compiled by Rajesh Mahapatra in Voice of the ‘other’ Gujarat (Focus, December 16) expose the truth behind Narendra Modi’s claims of making Gujarat the most developed state of India. They show that he has just played around with figures. The truth is that a large section of Gujarat’s society faces acute poverty. It remains to be seen if Modi will shift his attention to the poor in Gujarat in his third term as the CM of the state.

MK Roomi, Delhi


Modi should read Mahapatra’s article to set his agenda for the next five years. The state administration must attend to issues like malnutrition and infant mortality, etc,  on priority.

Subhash Chandra, via email

He is doing the media’s job

With reference to the article The man is the medium (Chanakya, December 16), I request the media to encourage social activists like Arvind Kejriwal, who are trying to build a better society, instead of belittling their efforts. Kejriwal is exposing politicians, industrialists and calling a spade a spade. Corruption is the main reason why India’s growth pales in comparison with many countries. But the media, perhaps under pressure from political groups, is trying to undermine the efforts of people like Kejriwal and Anna Hazare. By doing so, it is doing a big disservice to the nation.

P Saravana Durai, Mumbai


Chanakya rightly states that of late the media is too busy covering frivolous affairs to pay attention to more important matters like corruption. This has worked in the favour of opportunists like Kejriwal, who has turned his fight against corruption into a political movement. Therefore, there’s an urgent need for the media to go back to the basics of journalism and take its responsibility of being the fourth pillar of society more seriously.

Moin Ahmed, via email

IOA hasn’t learned any lessons

With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Chuck de India! (Red Herring, December 16), it is shocking that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). To some extent, the re-election of corrupt members like Lalit Bhanot in the IOA is responsible for this unfortunate development. Bhanot was convicted for his involvement in the financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games 2010. The IOC is right in asking the IOA to get rid of corrupt members and follow all the rules laid out by the IOC. The suspension has jeopardised the careers of hundreds of Indian athletes who cannot participate in international sporting events under the Indian flag till the ban is lifted. The IOA could have used the suspension as a chance to set its house in order. However, it seems that it hasn’t learned any lessons.

Bal Govind, Noida

This is not a joke

I do not agree with Karan Thapar’s views in A joke gone wrong (Sunday Sentiments, December 16) that the two Australian radio jockeys (RJs) are not guilty for playing a silly joke on Jacintha Saldanha, an Indian nurse, which led to her death. Who gave the RJs the right to play a prank on someone they didn’t know? Such practices must be stopped at once. Even in India, RJs often call up people and play pranks on them. This is wrong. One should not hurt anybody’s feelings. The repercussions of an innocent joke can be life-threatening, as we saw in Saldanha’s case.

Dhiraj Singh, Patiala

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