Apropos The return journey (IE,September 3),people from Assam have started trickling back to Bangalore,reassured by the Karnataka governments response to the crisis. They have been promised that they will get their jobs back,with no cuts in their salary for the period that they were away. Encouraging them to return quickly,the state government has assured them that their safety and security will be seen to. The governments response is commendable. However,it should still be on high alert. Mischief-makers and rumour-mongers cannot be allowed to cause such an exodus again. Other states should also draw lessons from this episode.
In the race
THIS refers to the article Nitish surely PM material: BJPs Sushil Kumar Modi (IE,September 3). Bihars deputy chief minister has held up Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the NDAs possible prime ministerial candidate for the polls of 2014,sidelining Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. Many believe the NDA will field Narendra Modi as its next prime ministerial candidate. Meanwhile,there is speculation that the Congress trying to woo Nitish Kumar into joining the UPA. If the Bihar CM succumbs,the BJP will have no choice but to pick Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.
A. Rufus DSouza,Pune
CONTROVERSIES over films with Sikh characters have often cropped up in recent years,Ajay Devgn starrer Son of Sardaar being the latest (Son of Sardaar does not hurt sentiments: Ajay Devgn,IE,August 30). It is surprising that directors and producers succumb to stereotypes when portraying certain communities. In the information age,it is not difficult to find out enough about such communities to portray them with authenticity. Some believe the controversies only mean more publicity for the films.
No rite of passage
THIS refers to A depleted debate (IE,September 4). It is indeed sad that the three bills mentioned in the editorial were passed in Parliament without any debate. Debate brings out the loopholes in the bills and throws up ways to
fix them. The bills that were passed might have had shortcomings that were not addressed. The parliamentary standstill has brought things to this pass. The coal row has put everything else on the backburner.
APROPOS India triumph as young guns show they belong (IE,September 4),the old guard of Indian cricket is invaluable,but perhaps it is time for them to hand over the torch. Mahendra Singh Dhoni,Virat Kohli,Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin have proved their mettle in the recent series against New Zealand.