Public figures, private lives

Zia Haq raises an interesting question in his article Private lives, public secrets (Focus, August 7): Why can’t public figures enjoy private space?

india Updated: Aug 13, 2011 22:46 IST

Public figures, private lives

Zia Haq raises an interesting question in his article Private lives, public secrets (Focus, August 7): Why can’t public figures enjoy private space? In a democracy, if people have the right to know everything that they are ‘supposed’ to know about their leaders, the leaders also enjoy the right to keep some details of their lives private. If the Congress believes that its chief Sonia Gandhi’s surgery won’t have a serious impact on either the party or the nation, then people should respect her privacy.

Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi

The game’s over for Dada

This refers to Pradeep Magazine’s article The revolution of Sourav Ganguly as the Dada of gyan (3600, August 7). It’s high time Sourav Ganguly retired from cricket gracefully. Why can’t he accept that his days are over and that cricket doesn’t need him anymore?

Gautam Chandra, Delhi

New design in Indo-Pak ties

With reference to Jayanth Jacob’s article The great Indian sarkari protocol (The Big Story, August 7), Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar failed to impress us with her diplomatic skills. But she ‘compensated’ with her style and persona. It won’t be wrong to state that she didn’t come to India with an intention of having a serious bilateral dialogue with our foreign minister. Her real intent was to win over the hearts of Indians and infuse a fresh lease of life in Indo-Pak relations.

Narinder Sabharwal, Gurgaon


It’s surprising that the media focused only on Khar’s dressing style and designer bags instead of comprehensively covering the bilateral talks. But there’s no doubt that Khar’s style and presence of mind make her a potential role model for women both in both countries. Her thoughts on the need to improve Indo-Pak ties are praiseworthy and encouraging.

M Kumar, via email

The perils of true lies

I disagree with Khushwant Singh’s views in When telling the truth becomes a crime (With Malice Towards One and All, August 7) that Arun Shourie is wrong in defending the people who demolished the Babri Masjid. Shourie, like Singh, is free to have his opinions. Also, I am not convinced that Singh was honest in his sympathy for Shourie’s handicapped child.

Bal Govind, Noida


Contrary to what Singh states, senior BJP leader LK Advani’s rath yatra in 1990 did not aim at bringing down the Babri Masjid. Through its yatra, th e BJP succeeded in uniting the Hindu population of India, which was a victim of pseudo-secular politics in the late-80s.

AR Shenoy, Mumbai

Growth should help us grow

With reference to Our days are not numbered (Chanakya, August 7), the recent ‘growth versus inflation’ debate among various political parties is more about politics than about the common man’s welfare. Instead of arguing over the ideal rate of growth, all political parties should unite to work towards ensuring that the growth helps every Indian.

Ram Lal, Delhi

Not getting it quite write

With reference to Karan Thapar’s article A nose for Mr Suraiya (Sunday Sentiments, August 7), Jug Suraiya is famous for his unique writing style rather than his ‘news sense’. But he doesn’t need help from fellow journalists like Thapar to promote his book.

SC Vaid, via email

Bringing home a solution

In his article No visiting rights (Loose Canon, August 7), Manas Chakravarty rightly asks the president of India if she really requires an estate that’s spread over 320 acres and has 340 rooms. At a time when land prices are going through the roof, why can’t our politicians give up their bungalows to make space for multi-storeyed housing societies, which would solve Delhi’s housing problem to some extent?

GK Arora, Delhi

First Published: Aug 13, 2011 22:43 IST