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Letter to the Editor: Tasteless remark

Hema Malini, a trained classical dancer, a talented actor, a well-known face of the ruling party, should not have made such tasteless remarks.

This refers to ‘The outsiders’ (IE, September 19). It is disappointing and heartbreaking that Indians are referred to as migrants in their own country. We need to stop discriminating against people because of language, state of origin, cultural traditions, religion or caste. Hema Malini, a trained classical dancer, a talented actor, a well-known face of the ruling party, should not have made such tasteless remarks. To target people as vulnerable and helpless as the widows of Vrindavan is low. It reminds one of the environment that was created by the Shiv Sena in Mumbai, where, incidentally, Hema Malini is a “migrant”. At one point of time, people from other states were threatened and terrorised. How can national unity be built with people like Hema Malini around? At any rate, it is our constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right to roam about freely in the territory of India.

— Abhishek Jha

Divorce season

This refers to ‘Split season: All parties want to break free’ (IE, September 26). The inevitable has happened in Maharashtra. With the splitting of two grand alliances — the BJP-Shiv Sena union, which is 25 years old, and the Congress-NCP combine, which is 15 years old — Maharashtra’s political arithmetic has gone haywire. The blame game for these divorces has already begun. But the reason for the splits is crystal clear — the hardened positions on seat sharing adopted by both the Congress and the Shiv Sena. But the changed game — it is not a four-cornered contest any longer — may confuse some voters and throw up interesting results. Clearly, there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics.

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180-degree turn

This refers to ‘As Modi leaves for US, his fans from Gujarat follow’ (IE, September 26). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come a long way from being boycotted by the United States. He is now an honoured state guest for whom the red carpet is being rolled out. From not being granted a visa to staying at the White House’s guest wing, Blair House, is a long journey, a 180-degree change of fortune. Modi is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in the world at the moment. No country, not even the US, can afford to ignore India’s democratically elected prime minister.

— S.N. Kabra

Smell and memory

This refers to ‘Re-imagine the zoo’ by Valmik Thapar (IE, September 25). The renowned writer, a tiger specialist, is absolutely right. Zoos in India are in extremely bad shape. As suggested by him, public-private partnerships are the ideal way to go about fixing them. The conditions in which animals in our zoos live are unhealthy. In fact, when I think about the trips I took to the Sayaji Baug Zoo in Vadodara as a child, the obnoxious odour comes to mind before the animals do. An unusual smell is par for the course at a zoo, but the stench was so tremendous that one could hardly stand in front of those wretched cages for more than a few minutes. What, then, is the educational import of a zoo?

— Anita Petiwale

First published on: 27-09-2014 at 00:21 IST
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