|The Root and the Shoot
You seem obsessed with the rss and the bjp (Sangh in their Soul,
September 25). What's this? Sanghphobia? The bjp is an offshoot of the Sangh parivar and
there's nothing wrong in appointing people with an rss background as bjp functionaries.
H.S. Mahadeva, Bangalore
Truth and its Fictions
The idea that Vajpayee should have kept away from the vhp
meet (Such a Long Visit, September 25) as he was in the US as India's PM is wrong. The
same people wanted him to play host to the Pope, which he did, even though the Pope was
here not to improve ties but to address a gathering of Asian bishops. The double standards
of Indian secularists again stand exposed.
Rakesh Srivastava, on e-mail
Your unbiased reporting about Vajpayee's American yatra was
great. When the country's biased pro-bjp Hindi media was playing up the 'magnificent
success' of Vajpayee's visit, your's was quite a balanced account.
Dr Ajay Chauhan, Agra
A Modest Proposal
What a vision and analysis Prem Shankar Jha and Vinod Mehta
have! (Rhetoric of Despair, Delhi Diary, September 25). They should be listed under mfbs
(Most Favoured Babblers). Outlook is becoming more anti-nda and pro-Pakistan. Why not move
your office to Karachi?
Vinod Narsana, on e-mail
A Captain's Move
Vinod, you are really a vinodi! What a nice way of saying
you are leaving Outlook for a new job with an increased income (Delhi Diary, September
25). The prophecy needn't have come out of a fortune cookie, a Marwari-minded
journo-shopper's 'brainwave' would be enough. Isn't that how the media works?
A.S. Raj, on e-mail
Was that bit about the fortune cookie a premonition or a
preamble? If Vinod Mehta now happens to leave for an 'increased income', he could always
blame it on 'fate'.
Venu Gopal Nair, on e-mail
Not in our Genes
If one-sixth of the earth's genepool habitually fails to
get a single medal in the Olympics (Goldrush Down Under, September 25), shouldn't it be a
subject of research for anthropologists? At least to find out if this genepool belongs to
Ratan Mathur, Nashik
It's shocking that many of our Olympic coaches openly
declared that our athletes have little or no hope of winning medals at Sydney. To concede
defeat even before an event had begun is atrocious and defies the Olympic spirit. Such
statements should be discouraged and the officials firmly dealt with. The motto ought to
be "Citius, Altius, Fortius" not "Criticise, Discourage and
Subhashish Majumdar, Mumbai
In A Crude Sense of Humour, (September 25) you call the
petroleum ministry 'myopic' for not looking at alternatives, but don't suggest any
yourself. Making the ad valorem tax specific would only slightly reduce the impact of the
increase in international prices. As crude prices have trebled over the last 18 months,
making the taxation specific would still mean that the gross price would increase by at
least 2.5 times. Of course, present prices aren't based on the low crude prices of March
'99, so the increase wouldn't be in this proportion.
Ashok Chowgule, Mumbai
With more than 70 per cent crude imports, we're at the
mercy of the opec countries. Tinkering with the tax structure is no solution to costly
petroleum products. It's time domestic crude production is stepped up. There's also no
getting away from conservation of energy and the use of alternative fuels.
D.B.. Murthy, on e-mail
The Submerged Facts
Dilip D'Souza is yet another Gujarat-baiter (Domkhedi
Diary, September 18). He's unhappy that the dam "will send electricity to far-flung
corners of Gujarat" and Domkhedi will drown, but forgets that thousands of affected
people have been resettled. The Lower Narmada Projects envisage, inter alia, allotment of
1,920 MW of power to MP, 1,450 MW to Gujarat and 27 per cent of 1,450 MW (of ssp) to
Maharashtra. Similarly, annual irrigation for MP will be 2.90 mha and for Gujarat 1.80
mha. Clearly, MP is a bigger beneficiary. Why can't you provide full details of the ssp
R.K. Bhrugushastri, on e-mail
The Ink of Jealousy
Your review of Fiza (September 18) was appalling. The movie
was a socially conscious one and Karishma and Hrithik also played their roles to
perfection. The critics' attempt to put down another film critic's movie was all too
obvious. Criticising Santosh Sivan's work was ridiculous.
Liz J., on e-mail
Age of Imprisonment
Apropos How to Catch a Jackal (September 18), the sixth way
to nab Veerappan: wait 40 years more, after turning 100 the brigand will crawl like a
child, and it'll be easy to nab him!
Priya, Gobichettipalayam, TN
Enemies of Amour
What's wrong in young people making love in public places?
(Crowding out Cupid, September 18). These morality watchdogs don't object to x-rated
movies on TV, are not bothered about improving things like infrastructure, instead they're
worried about lovebirds!
K.P. Rajan, Mumbai
Seniles and Statesmen
Apropos Those Seventy Plus Blues (September 11), at the
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, Vajpayee said "thank you" five times while
trying to finish his speech before finally giving up. Earlier, his staff had cancelled his
joint press conference with Clinton. Clearly, he's become senile. But as his inner coterie
will lose their jobs if he retires, they continue to let him make a fool of himself.
Gopal Saraswat, Virginia, US
Do you expect a 76-year-old man burdened with 24 parties to
be polevaulting like Sergei Bubka? Instead of focusing on trivials like knee joints, you
should have praised the achievements of India's finest statesman since independence.
Santosh Mohan Joshi, Maharashtra
The Dream Still Lives!
People's Shrine (September 11) clearly shows that India's
multi-religious, multi-cultural society is intact despite the efforts of the
fundamentalists. The media must also combat communalism and the politics of hate.
Jamal Ansari, Aligarh
Snobs and Southpaws
Why this belief that poor Saurav has been given a raw deal
by the 'racist' English press? (Rub of the Green, September 4). Michael Henderson of The
Daily Telegraph, one of the 'suburban hacks' Sanjay Suri alludes to, is a trenchant
defender of cricket's traditions. As for Ganguly, who is yet to outgrow his 'arrogant
maharaja' image, as the captain it's time for him to start behaving like a cricketer.
Sharad Kohli, Gurgaon
Children of Dark Design
Pakistan's youths are being trained to fight India (Ready
for Jehad, September 25) instead of getting an education and helping develop their
country. While we try to ensure education for our children in the 21st century, Pakistani
parents prefer the 'pride' of having a son fight India. Pakistan might've been created for
Islam, but it's poised to become the worst place for Muslims.
Rucha Trivedi, Ahmedabad
Your story was deeply shocking. After the revelations about
the jehadi's plans to destroy India, should we still turn a blind eye to Pakistan's
campaign of terror? How can any Indian overlook the fact that under the patronage of the
isi, a bigoted monster is being bred and reared in our neighbourhood? What do our great
liberals, secularists and human rights activists have to say now? And remember it was
Outlook, not The Organiser that published the report.
Pushpa Motihar, on e-mail
People like Azhar Masood represent elements which are out
to poison the whole social environment. It's high time Pakistan realised the folly of
Shashwat Gupta Ray, Baroda
Not only do these jehadis want to claim Kashmir, they also
want to kill all Indians. And after that, they want to spread jehad all over the world
with the support of Muslim nations.
Girishkumar C. Chauhan, Jamnagar
The story was quite a scoop. Pakistan's youth should try
and fight the military junta first rather than think about Kashmir. With one elected
premier already put to the gallows, another in close proximity to the noose and a third
ex-premier on the run to save her life, Pakistan's democracy is really blooming! In these
days of a global economy, where the world is becoming a village of symbiotic
relationships, terrorism can only further isolate Pakistan. Perhaps some day India can
help Pakistan's people re-establish democracy.
Raghubir Singh, Pune
It is a pity that children who should be studying to become
engineers, doctors and businessmen are being instilled with poison against Hindus and
other non-Muslim communities. In what age are these militants living? In medieval times?
There shall be no more Ghaznis and Ghauris, they have all had their time. Now, they shall
have to pay for their crimes. Pakistan, along with these jehadis, is soon going to meet
Indrajeet Asija, Delhi
In Defence of Love's Labours
Manu Joseph's Crowding out Cupid (September 18) is a lot of
tripe. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city, a miniature India, home to people from all
constituent states. With all the constraints and road-blocks, people here try to conduct
themselves with dignity and have neither the time nor the inclination to make a public
exhibition of their love life. Despite this, Joseph has tried his best to denigrate and
demean them. He appears to be obsessed with sex and this has let his imagination run riot.
The illustration by Jayachandran is equally offensive. It was sad to read this crass
M.A. Bijoor, Mumbai
In Some Spaces in Time (October 2), Ms Pereira of Khotachi
Wadi was wrongly identified as Ms Fereirra in a photo-caption. The error is regretted.