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With reference to Manoj Gairola's article A billion mobiles now (The Big Story, February 26), while the telecom revolution has several advantages, we must not lose sight of its downsides.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2012 10:36 PM IST

It doesn't have a nice ring to it
With reference to Manoj Gairola's article A billion mobiles now (The Big Story, February 26), while the telecom revolution has several advantages, we must not lose sight of its downsides. People, especially youngsters, are addicted to mobile phones. This, as some studies suggest, is a health risk. Also, the use of cellphones while driving has led to a spurt in road accidents.
RD Singh, Ambala

India may not have contributed much towards innovations in mobile telephony, but the country is undoubtedly the only one where everyone from a top notch executive to a fruitseller owns a mobile phone. We have revolutionised the industry in a way that even experts had not anticipated.
Deepjot Thukral, Ambala

BJP must Modi-fy its strategy
It's true that the BJP has failed to use Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi effectively in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections (Mystery of Mr Modi, Chanakya, February 26). At present, he is India's most-successful CM and his name is synonymous with development. But the lack of a strong leadership and BJP president Nitin Gadkari's ridiculous decision of not projecting any single leader as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections go against Modi's desire for a national role. This is a big loss for the BJP, as Modi, if given a chance, has the potential to be the party's most charismatic leader after former prime minister AB Vajpayee.
Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon

Like the Congress, the BJP too doesn't recognise merit anymore. If it did — and as Chanakya also states — it would have given Modi an image makeover. It's possible that Modi's absence in UP is due to the fact that LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders are scared of his popularity. The taint of the Gujarat riots on Modi may be just an excuse. But that shouldn't stop the Gujarat chief minister from apologising for the 2002 carnage.
SK Wasan, Noida

Modi's colleagues in the BJP are too insecure and so will never help Modi reinvent his image. Therefore, Modi should take the lead and apologise to the people of Gujarat. It will work in his favour and will be a slap in the face of other BJP leaders. The truth is that at this point in time the BJP needs Modi more than he needs the party.
Ravindra Kumar, Delhi

Objectivity is missing here
In his article Commission of errors (Sunday Sentiments, February 26) Karan Thapar tries to confuse readers by giving unnecessary details on the recent spat between the Election Commission (EC) and the law minister over quotas for Muslims. The crux of the matter is that Salman Khurshid was at fault for breaking the EC's model code of conduct. He tried to woo Muslims in UP by promising them 9% sub-quota, which is against the EC's rules. Thapar makes a bigger mistake of trying to justify Khurshid's error. The writer's prejudice is evident.
Surajit Paul, via email

It seems Thapar has come to Khur-shid's rescue for some personal reason. The latter not only broke the law but also challenged the poll panel to hang him if it so wanted. His conduct was unjustified. Being the law minister of India doesn't give Khurshid the right to do as he pleases. And as a responsible columnist and political writer, Thapar should have maintained objectivity in his analysis. It's silly of him to support Khurshid even when the latter has accepted his mistake and apologised to the EC.
JM Manchanda, Delhi

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