This refers to the editorial, ‘Acknowledging Rao’ (IE, April 1). Every party, including the Congress, has its internal bete noires. Following the my-enemy’s-enemy-is-my-friend policy, the NDA is planning to memorialise P.V. Narasimha Rao more to embarrass and upstage the Congress than to pay homage to him. What is more, like the rest, The Indian Express richly complimented Rao for his economic reforms but conveniently forgot about his alleged involvement in horse-trading for the survival of his government, the Lakhubhai Pathak corruption scandal and, above all, his failure to protect the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Why this pick-and-choose policy?
— Hema Langeri
I am appreciative of Akhilesh Yadav’s Rs 2 crore incentive to filmmakers to shoot in Uttar Pradesh (‘For shooting in UP, government to give Rs 2 crore to Muzaffar Ali, Boney Kapoor’, IE, April 3). Perhaps this will help ease the burden on Mumbai. It would be a relief if there were fewer tourists hoping to see filmstars. It would also be quite nice if some of the film-industry types shifted to UP for good.
— H. Parshuram (Mumbai)
In bad faith
This refers to the editorial, ‘Smoke and mirrors’ (IE, April 3). It is really shameful that beedi baron Shyama Charan Gupta is on the Lok Sabha Committee on Subordinate Legislation. The job of the committee is to evaluate the proposal for enlarged pictorial warnings on the packaging of tobacco products. Why would an interested party give the green light for such a proposal? The ultimate aim of pictorial warnings, after all, is to dissuade people from using tobacco. In light of the unethical conflicts of interest of committee members, the decision to defer the enlargement of the warnings is suspicious. Besides, committee chairman Dilip Gandhi’s analytical and logical prowess is also in doubt. Are Indians a different species that we need to prove that scientific studies on the effects of tobacco use are also applicable to them? That’s just plain nonsensical.
— R.K. Kapoor (Chandigarh)
Tiger takes the hit
The ban on the sale of beef in Maharashtra has affected the diet of zoo animals, especially of the wild cats. At present, the animals are only being fed chicken, which will eventually make them weak. What did they ever do to deserve not just captivity but also such unnatural diets? Ever since the present government came to power, a narrow mindset seems to have gripped the administration and society — attacks on non-Hindu religious shrines have become common and now the ban on the sale of beef in Maharashtra and Haryana.
— D.S. Thukral (Delhi)