Letters | Jul 09, 1997
  • Beware of the Trojans
    Jul 09, 1997

    It is wrong to describe the nuclear reactors Russia is hell-bent on giving us despite US pressure as ‘white elephants’ (A Costly Nuke Spook, June 18). The latest Russian heist to dupe the poor country of another $2,600 million has been hyped by the nuclear brahmins as a dream-deal. Whom does the ‘deal’ benefit and at whose expense? The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found the Russian VVER reactors unsafe because of poor instrumentation and controls—incidentally, the root cause of the Chernobyl disaster. Why should we accept the Trojan horses, which are not even gifts, and cost monstrous sums?

    N.M. Sampath Kumar, Ahmedabad

  • Three Cheers for Naidu
    Jul 09, 1997

    Quite contrary to your correspondent’s criticism of Chandrababu Naidu in Toward Laptop Federalism (June 18), the Andhra Pradesh chief minister should be congratulated for taking the initiative to obtain help from the World Bank for taking up projects to improve his state’s condition. Naidu also deserves accolades for partially lifting the dry law which was benefiting only anti-social elements and neighbouring states. At least our laptop-friendly chief minister has the courage to tackle problems headon. If others take similar decisions, India will be a better place to live in.

    M.C. Gupta, Hyderabad

  • That’s No Help
    Jul 09, 1997

    In For Kind Publication (June 18), the review of Prafull Goradia’s Dear Editor, Dileep Padgaonkar could have at least commented on the kind of letters that made up the selection and its readability. One would think that book reviews make readers aware of what to expect from a book and whether it is worth reading at all. General platitudes are quite beyond the purpose.

    Manoj Aravindakshan, Mumbai

  • Reason to be Ecstatic?
    Jul 09, 1997

    Your feature on the fantasy drug, Popping Pills of Ecstasy (June 18), was unwarranted. It may unintentionally entice people to experiment with it. Don’t commit a disservice by popularising this poison.

    Anand Srinivasan, Mumbai

    It is imperative that we take cognisance of the danger caused by the drug’s easy access to all without exception. The price-factor may keep it out of reach for many, but that is a different matter altogether. The article suggests that the drug is harmless, which is false.

    Surendra S. Hiwarale, New Delhi

  • Jyotida, Role Model?
    Jul 09, 1997

    The cover story, Fading Red (July 25), was rather disappointing. Jyoti Basu is certainly an enigma. More so, because few state governments have survived more than one term, fully and honourably. However, the cover story does not tell us the secret of Basu’s 20-year tenure. It can’t be just his charisma. It has to be performance in terms of economic development, and welfare. But what has he achieved in two decades? On the face of it, it looks as if he has singlemindedly pursued the agenda of land reforms. Has he? Not having catered to industrial development in the past, due to his party’s ideological inhibitions, an air of disillusionment has descended on Bengal. So is Jyoti Basu really a role model?

    G.G. Malkani, Mumbai

    Once the vanguard of revolution, now part and parcel of the ruling classes, CPI(M) today merely dons the mask of Marxism. Its ideology represents a compromise between the Left and Right. With the red carpet welcome accorded to TNCs, it has finally abandoned any pretense of being a working-class party. The pragmatism displayed by Jyoti Basu and his ilk is nothing but a surrender to capitalism. The CPI(M) also supports the fascist terror unleashed to suppress peasant movements. The day is not far when we will throw these revisionists into the dustbin of history.

    Bajeli Singh, Delhi

    In 20 years of uninterrupted rule, Jyoti Basu could have done much more. His is a tale of missed opportunities. Lack of development, rampant corruption, a cadre-based rule which has created its own power-centre, these and more add to the woes of the people. However, it has dispelled one myth—that political stability is a sure recipe for development. Just as Conservative rule ended with the Labour’s blitz in UK, it’s time people found an alternative to the leftist rule. But who will bell the cat?

    D.B.N. Murthy, Bangalore

    It was somewhat puzzling that Outlook, known as the epitome of journalistic excellence and unfailing fair play, could go all out with such a biased appraisal of Jyoti Basu’s two-decade rule. Indeed, the write up under different heads betrayed a sense of deep-seated animosity towards the CPI(M) in general and Jyoti Basu in particular.

    Debasish Dutta, West Bengal

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