• Jan 15, 2001

    Can I, an honourable tax-paying citizen of this country, recommend to the committee that bestows the Padma awards the name of Mahadeva (Making a Difference, December 25), who has ensured a decent last journey to 42,000 countrymen in the last 29 years?
    Sudhirendar Sharma,
    New Delhi

  • Jan 15, 2001

    As a Tibetan refugee, I was intrigued to find a whole article on India’s current border problems with China without even a mention of Tibet (MUMA’s the Word, December 4). In fact, India’s border problems with China began with China’s invasion and occupation of Tibet. Never before did India ever share a common border with China. And without first achieving a lasting settlement on the issue of Tibet, there cannot be any lasting settlement of India’s northern borders.
    Lhasang Tsering,
    Dharamshala

  • C for Kauphy
    Jan 15, 2001

    While artistic licence allows freedom of expression in fiction, science does not permit such latitude. Calling citric acid vitamin C is not just presumptuous, it’s sacrilege (Chinese Dumpling, December 4). The scientific name for VitC is ascorbic acid. Even an ordinary dictionary will tell you that.
    Ruth N. Davidar,
    The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

  • Spiritual Highs
    Jan 15, 2001

    In these days of instant karma, I am not surprised that Varanasi should be the hub of activities, catering to the tastes of gullible foreigners, eternally in quest of moksha. Karma Kitsch (December 25) was an article well-written.
    Purnendu Mohan Sarkar,
    Jalpaiguri

  • Jan 15, 2001

    The article The Second Coming of Lord Ram (December 18) was an eye-opener. By not appearing before the Liberhan Commission and also by not resigning from the ministerial berth, all three bjp ministers have once again proved that there are two sets of laws: one for the common man and a second for those in power.
    Anil Sood,
    on e-mail
    Why is that Outlook, like politicians, wakes up to the Ayodhya issue only around December 6?
    V.S. Lakshminarayana,
    on e-mail

  • Icon of Iconoclasts
    Jan 15, 2001

    Kancha Ilaiah’s animosity towards Hindus is nothing new (The Earthy Pundit, December 25). But Brahmins alone were not responsible for untouchability; it was the result of unscrupulous elements interpreting Manusmriti to their advantage. Dalits too have been guilty of this practice against adivasis. Brahmins like Adishankara, Sri Aurobindo, Ramakrishna Paramahansa et al worked against untouchability.
    Sriram Sundarrajan,
    on e-mail

    Ilaiah might have been inspired by Bertrand Russell (who wrote Why I am not a Christian) in his choice of title for his book, but that’s where the similarity ends. Ilaiah talks like a predator (as when he says, "capture Hindu temples by expelling Brahmins from them"). There is no intellectual depth to his arguments.
    Kripa Shanker Mishra,
    Jamshedpur

    Ilaiah is inconsistent, incoherent, contradictory and clearly in dire need of help. He claims to be a follower of Buddha. But Buddha never preached hatred against Hindus. And he is only deluding himself if he thinks he can ‘cleanse’ the Hindu way of life by abusing Hinduism.
    Noor Jehan,
    on e-mail

    Is Ms Sagarika Ghose so naive as to accredit the theory of Buddhism as a polemic against Brahminical dogma?
    Sankara Sastry,
    on e-mail

  • Halt, Poison Dart Army
    Jan 15, 2001

    Was it just a New Year double issue or a ‘Vilify Vajpayee Special’ by the so-called Saviours of Secularism in India? Don’t you get tired of assaulting the PM? Practically every article in the issue carried a scathing attack on him and all the torchbearers of the secular Indian nation gleefully celebrated the ‘unmasking’ of a ‘great religious fanatic’. Is secularism in vogue these days? Why is it that when a Hindu expresses love for his religion, it qualifies as fanaticism, while for others it’s devotion? Why is that when yoga, Sanskrit or scriptures are taught to children in schools, it’s deemed as thrusting religion on students, while for those reciting Our Father or passages from The Bible in convents, it becomes a way of inculcating spiritual discipline? It’s high time we woke up to this hypocrisy.
    Geetha C.G.,
    Chennai

  • Principal Concern
    Jan 15, 2001

    The cover story Child is the Father of Mammon (December 11) is demeaning and injurious to a quality school like ours. It is based entirely on hearsay and not substantive factual information. Schools are temples of learning. Denigrating their efforts and falsifying their purpose is undermining the importance of education itself.

    Shyama Chona,
    Principal, DPS R.K. Puram

  • There’s No Buzz Like Showbiz
    Jan 15, 2001

    Shahrukh seems different from the new breed of performers who characterise the Indian film industry today (Raju Ban Gaya Businessman, December 25). With more than a little help from friends Juhi and her husband Jay Mehta, he’s doing great service to his profession.
    Yasin Ishhaq,
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Shahrukh’s comments on the "boring life" of the middle class smack of arrogance. I’ve admired this versatile and talented actor not merely for his acting but for his down-to-earth attitude. Unfortunately, success and adulation seem to have gone to his head. Luckily, this is not Nepal and the middle class, who have made him what he is today, will not crucify him. Shahrukh should know that a 9-5 job can be rich and fulfilling and that happiness has nothing to do with the size of your wallet.
    S. Uma Shankar,
    Chennai

    ABCL and SRK World are two different entities and it’s unfair to compare the two. What Shahrukh can learn from the abcl experience is that name alone doesn’t count in the corporate world. He is however right when he says technology matters more than capital in the long run. Good luck to him.
    Sudhir Mishra,
    Hyderabad

    What did you intend to convey through your cover story? SRK can afford to dream big. But a magazine like yours should put him on the cover only after he has succeeded. We have already seen Big B’s unfortunate experience. Hope Shahrukh will not repeat the same mistakes.
    Vijay George,
    Ernakulam, Kerala

    It’s commendable that Shahrukh wants to return something to the industry that has given him so much. And that he prefers a management ethic more Indian than Western for his business.
    Rajarshi Ghosh,
    Calcutta

    Shahrukh is one of the finest actors India has ever produced. That he wants to give back something to society is praiseworthy as is his desire to open an orphanage for the girl child.
    Abbas Balasinorwala,
    Chennai

    Shahrukh is one of the few guys who has the money to back his dreams. He also seems to have a firm head on his shoulders because he is investing in businesses about which he knows a thing or two and has a ‘qualified’ team to back him up. True baazigar that he is, I’m sure he’ll juggle his roles as actor, producer and businessman with equal ease and ensure that SRKWorld not end like abcl.
    Manoj Mathan,
    on e-mail

    Although the superstar is having a tough time at the box-office, it’s good to know that he is putting his creative genius to other uses. The man who knows his business, that’s Shahrukh Khan.
    Pranay Mathur,
    on e-mail

    Your cover story was interesting, informative and highly encouraging to all e-commerce aspirants.
    Rubina Saxena,
    on e-mail

    Behind a face that makes millions cry or jump in joy is a brain constantly at work. Let’s hope SRK’s business pursuits are as successful as his onscreen ones.
    Sameer Pathak,
    Wyoming, US

    It was sad to see Outlook’s follow-up act to the December 18 issue which carried the cover story on school admissions. The December 25 cover story, in contrast, reflected all the attributes of a classic advertisement for a corporation rather than a lead story. Did no one at all think what relevance the story had for your reader?
    Kunal Talgeri,
    on e-mail

    I’m disappointed to hear that Shahrukh is waiting for "animation technology to make a world-class" product before he does a full-length animation film. "Technology comes", to twist a phrase of his. But it isn’t nearly as essential as a story that will bring it all to life.
    Peggy Mohan,
    New Delhi

    It is unfortunate to note that you are so starved for content that you are willing to become SRK’s advertising supplement.
    Sagar Prasad,
    on e-mail

  • The Western Gaze
    Jan 15, 2001

    It’s obvious from Michael Witzel’s letter (November 20) that he’s hopelessly out of touch with Vedic and archaeological research in India. He doesn’t seem familiar with the views of British archaeologist Wheeler, who after considering factors like aridity, overuse of ecology, tectonic changes, etc, said Aryans did have a role to play in the devastation of the Indus civilisation. And this in 1968!

    M.J. Shengde,
    Pune

  • Game for Punishment
    Jan 15, 2001

    The BCCI is not merely engaged in a Cover Drive (December 18). They are from, day one, engaged in an undercover overdrive!
    Srinivasa Soundararajan,
    Los Angeles, US

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