Virtual communication is taking a toll on real life relationships
I appreciate Namita Bhandare's concern as expressed in her article Tuned in but turned off (Another Day, June 23). It's true that despite having various ways to connect with people today, we are isolated in our personal relationships. We chat with hundreds of people on various social networking websites but can't strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to us. I hope that Bhandare's article will make people reflect on the importance of relationships in the real world.
--Sanjay Kumar Singh, Patna
End this culture of violence
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan's article The killing fields of Kerala (June 23) presents a chilling account of how the CPI(M) is indulging in criminal activities to maintain its dominance in Kerala. The recent murder of a political activist, who had said that if the Left decides to kill someone, it would do it so, is shocking and proves that he was right. This culture of political violence has no place in our democracy. The people of Kerala must protest against the despotism being displayed by the local leaders of a national party that claims to fight for the rights of the common man.
--Bikash Chakravarty, via email
The army calls the shots in Pak
This refers to the report Pak army to blame for flip-flop? (June 28). It is unfortunate that the Pakistan government took a U-turn on its announcement of releasing Sarabjit Singh, who's been locked up in a jail in Pakistan for around 22 years, and announced that it will release another Indian prisoner, Surjeet Singh, instead. It seems that the Pakistan Army put pressure on the Asif Ali Zardari government to change its decision. This incident has proved once again that in Pakistan, the army is more powerful than the democratically-elected government.
--NR Ramachandran, Chennai