Letters | Sep 14, 1998
  • Sep 14, 1998

    Mumbai may be the fiefdom of the Sena, hence the results of your poll (The Testimonies Nail the Sena..., August 24). The rest of the nation, however, is indebted to Justice Srikrishna for labouring out a monumental document. In its pursuit of truth, the Commission was disrupted, detested, even derailed by the BJP-Sena government, but ultimately its report presented nothing but the truth.

    Mahesh Inder Sharma, Delhi

  • Selective Policing
    Sep 14, 1998

    I take this opportunity to denounce the government of the United States of America for acting as a policeman of the world. It’s true terrorism is a dangerous thing for people of the world.

    But where was the US when terrorists were killing hundreds in Punjab? Where was the US when terrorists destroyed Chrar-e-Sharif in Kashmir? Where was the US when terrorists were killing and are killing people in Assam and Kashmir? Where was the US when Serbs were killing Muslims and now Albanians in Yugoslavia?

    To save the face of the presidency and the retinue at White House in the aftermath of the Paula Jones and Lewinsky scandals, the US government is resorting to unconstitutional means to redress a genuine problem. Instead, it should get together with the countries which are facing terrorism, and together wage a war against it.

    Gagan, received on the e-mail

  • Not a Complete Don
    Sep 14, 1998

    Sachin Tendulkar earned a well-deserved rest after the selectors put them through last year’s grind (Sachin: An Intimate Portrait, August 24). His participation in the Coca-Cola Cup Triangular series with fledgling teams like Kenya and Bangladesh showed how callous our selectors are. The oppressive heat was taking its toll on our players while the Board was minting money. All the same, it’s inappropriate to call Tendulkar a modern Bradman. Bradman scored 6,996 runs in 52 Test matches with a magical average of 99.94 and two triple centuries, 10 double centuries and 17 centuries whereas Tendulkar is way behind with 4,552 runs from 61 Test matches, and not even a double century.

    C.K. Subramaniam, Vashi

  • Reign of Nonsense
    Sep 14, 1998

    The contents of your cover story (End of the Road, August 31) made me squirm with anger. What’s amazing is that the people’s mandate for a stable government is being construed by Jayalalitha and co. as a licence to indulge in dramatic and arrogant bickering. Is there no end to this nonsense?

    The Tamils expect the AIADMK and its alliance parties to extend full and unconditional support to the BJP government for a term of five years, for which only they voted this alliance to power.

    Ignoring this basic truth and threatening to withdraw support amounts to insulting the people, who voted the AIADMK alliance so overwhelmingly.

    If Jaya and co. do not mend their ways, Tamil voters will make them bite the dust during the next elections.

    K.M.G. Vivekanandam, Madurai

    Why should Vajpayee from day one go out of his way to satisfy Jayalalitha’s demands? What has happened to his value-based politics? Was he not aware of her Godzilla-sized intentions at the time of forming the alliance? How long will he allow himself, his cabinet colleagues and the people of India to be humiliated by bending over backwards to please her? He must show her the door at once and face the consequences, however unpalatable they may be rather than suffer such indignity.

    D.V. Madhava Rao, Chennai

    With each passing day Amma is becoming crabbier. She herself is no saint, but acts as if she is the saviour of our country. Enough of her high-handed deeds and boisterous outpourings. Vajpayee should deal firmly with her.

    Mehboob, Mumbai

    With Vajpayee’s nightmare heading towards an end, it will fall upon Sonia to face the endless orchestra from the prima donna of Poes Garden. Once more it’ll be the nation which will have to face yet another round of political, social and economic instability.

    Siddhartha Acharya, Dharamsala, HP

  • Sep 14, 1998

    The study by BSF inspector-general Vibhuti Narain Rai (Dark Facts Behind the Men in Khaki, August 24) shows that in every communal riot, 80 per cent of the victims are Muslims, but often up to 90 per cent of those arrested also belong to the minority community. It defies the logic that if 80 per cent of the victims are Muslims, it must follow that Hindus would constitute at least 60 to 70 per cent of those arrested. If this continues, how can the vulnerable groups in India expect justice?

    M.I. Choudhury, New Delhi

  • Celebrating Disaster?
    Sep 14, 1998

    The Great Reveller (August 10) seemed more like an effort to promote the liquor industry rather than one to make people aware of the present generation’s addition to alcohol. I consider ‘Prescription to Disaster’ a more suitable title for the article. The facts and figures provided in it may well be true but the views are of people who consider drinking as a way of achieving social recognition. You’ve blindly ignored the majority opinion of those whose lives have been ruined by the minatory effects of alcohol.

    Prasanth R. Krishnan, Palakkad

  • Don’t Ad to Our Woes
    Sep 14, 1998

    While the cola giants are free to carry on their commercial antics, we expect them at least to spare our prestigious buildings from the onslaught of their ads. The Coca-Cola ads painted on all the 12 gate walls and pillars of the PCA cricket stadium in Mohali are an eyesore.

    T.S. Chawla, Mohali

  • Hypocritic Oath
    Sep 14, 1998

    We’ve been closely following the ongoing nuclear debate triggered off by Ms Arundhati Roy’s 8,000-word essay (The End of Imagination, August 3). Part of her verbiage smacks of simulated indignation. However, she does succeed in making a telling impact even on those of us who’ve celebrated the birth of the Indian Bomb.

    Anupam Kher’s letter was a bit of a surprise. While much can be said for and against India conducting the Pokhran tests, it’s doubtful whether summary judgements can be pronounced on the advisability/morality of the tests. Roy’s right to protest can’t be questioned, even if it seems a bit affected. However, where we’d like to join issue with Kher is on his contention that the matter was ‘domestic’ and Roy shouldn’t have aired her views in the Guardian.

    Was it wrong for umpteen American writers to give a blow-by-blow account of Nixon’s impeachment to the world press—including Indian publications? Should there be a self-imposed blanket ban by American thinkers and writers on the current Clinton scandal? What would be the fate of those who’re struggling for democracy in Myanmar if the rest of the world ignores it by dubbing it as its domestic matter? Where does one draw the line between the domestic and the foreign? One must, reluctantly of course, point out the hypocrisy in Kher’s averments. There is plenty of work for professionals of his ilk within India, yet he goes to London for ‘work’! Perhaps he’d now like to say the world is a global village and he subscribes to the Vasudhaiv Kutum-bakam philosophy.

    A.N. & Randeep Wadehra, Panchkula, Haryana

    Most of us would agree with the concern expressed by Arundhati Roy. But we’d have appreciated her honesty, intellect and efforts more had she refused to accept the Booker on grounds that it’s conferred by a nuclear power state.

    Does she really believe nuclear warheads stored by P-5 countries have no destructive ability? Was she able to assess the gravity of the destructive power of nukes only when her own country conducted five nuclear tests? Or is her protest just an attempt to appease western powers who have a decisive say in deciding the Nobel?

    Kshitij Chitransh, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

    Arundhati Roy’s piece has only downgraded your otherwise superb magazine. She gets hysterical about India’s nuclear weapons despite knowing they are a deterrent. Her threat to secede only make her desire to seek a greencard apparent.

    A.C. Kapoor, New Delhi

  • Who’s Next on Your Cover?
    Sep 14, 1998

    After reading through the latest issue of Outlook featuring Sachin Tendulkar on the cover, I’m instantly reminded of a letter written by Manoj Nair from Mumbai published in your August 17 issue in which he wondered if you would put Javed Jaffrey on the cover after featuring Arundhati Roy and Amitabh Bachchan. Well, you’ve covered the personal lives and views of superstars, super authors and now a super sportsman. No doubt, Sachin is a great player and deserves a mention, but was it necessary now? The world’s witnessing a severe economic crisis, the effects of which can be far-reaching and disastrous.

    At this juncture, I wish to modify the same question asked by Mr Nair—who’s next—Clinton-Monica Lewinsky?

    G. Venugopal, Kochi

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