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Bollywood actor Pran should have been honoured much earlier

At the age of 93, veteran Bollywood baddie Pran has been given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award — an honour he truly deserves and which should have come his way much earlier (Pran gets Phalke award, April 13).

Playback singer Manna Dey was honoured in 2007 when he was 90 years old; there was Mohd Rafi who was certainly more deserving. Dey could also have got the award much earlier. Bhupen Hazarika got this coveted award overlooking Anil Biswas, who was a much better and a senior composer. But it’s better late than never.

Satish Chopra, via email

Development is the new mantra

With reference to Ashok Malik’s article His time starts now (April 12), it is good for the BJP that the politics of religious mobilisation is not central to the party’s decisions today. The politics of mandir and Mandal has outlived its utility.

The new mantra for electoral success is development and governance to which Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s successive victories stand testimony. If one were to go by recent media opinion polls, there is no leader in the BJP or in other parties who matches Modi’s popularity and mass appeal.

MC Joshi, Lucknow

No mercy for heinous crimes

With reference to the report Justice Katju seeks mercy (April 14), it is strange that Justice Markandey Katju, in what appears to be an attempt to gain popularity, seeks mercy for people who have been accused of serious crimes —filmstar Sanjay Dutt and Khalistani militant Devinder Singh Pal Bhullar.

Justice Katju should realise that seeking mercy for such people is unfair as they have been charged with serious crimes. He should reconsider lending his voice to such a cause.

Prem Talwar, via email

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