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Letter to the Editor: RIP, First Lady

In the passing away of India’s first lady, Suvra Mukherjee, we lost a noble woman.


August 20, 2015 12:06:55 am

RIP, First Lady
In the passing away of India’s first lady, Suvra Mukherjee, we lost a noble woman. President Pranab Mukherjee’s late wife was a Rabindra Sangeet vocalist and participated in performances of the poet’s dance-dramas across India, elsewhere in Asia, Europe and Africa. Suvra Mukherjee founded the Geetanjali Troupe, with the objective of promoting Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy as expressed in his songs and dance-dramas. May she rest in peace.
Jayant Ramani, Navi Mumbai

Colombo relief
India and the West can breathe a sigh of relief with the results of the Sri Lankan parliamentary election. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have checked the pro-China former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for the prime ministerial post. India’s rather delicate balance of power vis-a-vis China would have been imperilled had Rajapaksa returned. Sirisena-Wickremesinghe can now get back to addressing Sri Lanka’s challenges.
J. Akshay, Bangalore

President Sirisena remains a loyalist of the UPFA, despite defeating Rajapaksa in January’s presidential polls. Although Sirisena claimed not to have helped Rajapaksa’s return to electoral politics, his promise of transferring power out of the presidency might have made Rajapaksa the de facto absolute ruler of Sri Lanka had he won the parliamentary polls.
C.K. Laxmi, Kolkata

Delhi & Dubai
This refers to the editorial ‘Text and context’ (August 19). There cannot be any doubt that the biggest and most important aspect of the India-UAE joint statement is the outright condemnation of the use of religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other nations. The statement that “all terrorism infrastructure wherever it exists should be dismantled” is a severe warning to Pakistan, which is the biggest exporter of terror in Asia.
V. Chandramohan, Mumbai

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