I personally believe that Slumdog is an optimistic tale. Such optimism amid dire poverty is also an Indian reality. Its not for nothing that the movie struck a popular chord. Its also time we stopped quibbling about the films Indian or British identity or its portrayal of Indias dirty underbelly. And we should also celebrate the success of Smile Pinki in the documentary category.
Vitull K. Gupta
Pakistans deal with the Taliban in Swat,followed by the disqualification of the Sharif brothers,and the BDR mutiny in Bangladesh expose the fragility of the newly elected civilian governments in both countries (Trouble in backyard…,IE,February 26). These happened at a time when Sri Lanka fights a fierce battle with the LTTE. All these developments will generate newer developments and pose serious threats to regional peace and stability when attempts should be made to build mutual trust and cooperation. India cannot remain oblivious of these developments. New Delhi ought to move beyond mere tough talking.
In Lahore and Dhaka on the boil… (IE,February 26),C. Raja Mohan has shown legitimate concern in the simultaneous crises in our neighbourhood. However,one has to accept the unpleasant fact that,given the delicacy and sensitivity of our relations with Dhaka and Islamabad,we have little choice but to remain a concerned but quiet bystander in all such cases of internal trouble in the near future. Any unsolicited advice would be counter-productive and resented as interference in their internal affairs.
It is not just the cost of running the Lok Sabha but also the notional value of the work not done that will run into astronomical figures (They,the people,IE,February 26). Apart from the common ruckus and frequent disruptions,crossing of party lines,scheduling of activities,sittings and listing of the matters are also to blame. Its farcical that sessions can end without passing a single bill,while on other occasions eight bills can be passed in 17 minutes,without deliberation. This is a mockery of parliamentary democracy. Perhaps members remuneration should be linked to their output. Also perhaps,the session ought to continue till all the work is done.
C. S. Pathak
Music of goodbye
It seems Somnath Chatterjee has received most of the attention at the end of the 14th Lok Sabha. Chatterjee has rarely looked back from his role as House speaker. He himself has made it clear that history has already judged him and he is more than pleased with the verdict. Chatterjees professional conduct during the nuclear debate,even at the cost of his CPM membership,will shape peoples lasting opinion on him.
Bidyut K. Chatterjee