A non-existent State

Today Cyprus is a divided island due to the Turkish invasion of 1974 and its ongoing occupation, which has been pronounced illegal by the UN Security Council.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 03:48 IST

This is apropos of In a world of its own (August 19). The so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus is an illegal, secessionist entity, a pseudo-State that the international community does not recognise. Today Cyprus is a divided island due to the Turkish invasion of 1974 and its ongoing occupation, which has been pronounced illegal by the UN Security Council.

Sevag Avedissian
second secretary to Cyprus High Commission,
New Delhi

Misleading report

This refers to Top 10 worst dictators at present (August 21). I was surprised to see the name of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud included therein. The mention of King Abdullah, a leader of international standing and a friend of India who was chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year, in such a denigrating manner was shocking. I hope HT will avoid publishing such misleading reports.

Saleh Mohd Ghamdi
Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Delhi

False conception

The article Revise, Revive and Survive (August 24) by Jyotirmaya Sharma is based on a false conception. The RSS has never been uncommunicative and its functioning is transparent. The media, especially in India, hovers around power centres and reports only what people at the helm of affairs say. The RSS lays emphasis on selfless and untiring social work. It doesn’t care so much about its image and aims to reach out to the needy. Several organisations supported by the RSS are working towards this end and enjoy huge public support.

Amrendra Kumar
via e-mail

Unjustified detention

The ‘mid-air paranoia’ on the Northwest Airlines flight is a worrying example of racial profiling and harassment. It appears ‘non-Whites’ travel at their own risk and peril. The Indian government must condemn the unjustified detention of Indians. Mere release of these individuals without charge is not enough.

Nandini Nayak
via e-mail

False praise

Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s article Chiffon dreams RIP (August 19), what she has said about the Bollywood flick KANK is noteworthy but her praise for Karan Johar and family, Shah Rukh, Kajol, Preity, Rani etc. is difficult to digest. It is surprising that such a dull movie from the Johar stable can find favour with a seemingly level-headed journalist like Dutt.

Elizabeth James


regarding the fear in the hearts of conservatives that Dutt speaks of, such people were fearful even when women came out of purdah. Infidelity is becoming a big issue in our society and when a powerful medium like the cinema reflects it, it is good for society.

Naval Langa


I believe most Indians will not relate to KANK as the film is not rooted in the Indian ethos. The vast majority of Indians, even if they have marital problems, continue to live happily with their spouses, paying due respect to societal norms. Many Indians would not be pleased to see a film which breaks age-old tradition.

Hemant Kumar Pandey


Liking or disliking a movie is a personal choice. But promoting it from the platform of the Hindustan Times is totally uncalled for. Even a journalist like Barkha Dutt does not have the courage to criticise these ‘great’ stars and their director.

Mukesh Srivastava

Widening the gap

It is ridiculous how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram have justified the 6th Pay Commission on the ground that our economy is booming and job opportunities are increasing.

The government should look after the interests of the large part of the population that works in the unorganised sector, instead of pandering to a privileged section of its own employees.

BS Ganesh

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First Published: Aug 26, 2006 03:48 IST