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Letters to the editor
India has indefinitely deferred its plan to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products after pressure from various lobbies. Dilip Gandhi, chairman of the committee of MPs that was looking into the issue, said “there was no Indian study to confirm that use of tobacco products leads to cancer”. This is highly improper and has upset medical experts, doctors and patients. India has the highest prevalence of oral cancer globally, with 75,000 to 80,000 new cases being reported every year. The panel referred to the “adverse impact” on the livelihoods of people involved in the tobacco industry. But did anyone bother about the destruction of the livelihoods of people involved in the beef trade when it was banned? This is terribly tragic. The committee of MPs must be reconstituted with people who have a background in the health sector.
— J.S. Acharya
This refers to editorial, ‘Acknowledging Rao’ (IE, April 1). The NDA government deserves congratulations for the proposed memorial to honour the late former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. By acknowledging Rao’s contributions to India, the NDA government has initiated a worthy tradition of honouring those whose contributions to the nation matter regardless of the political party they were from. Rao’s tenure as PM was exemplary. Liberalisation would not have been possible had he not had the courage to take bold steps that were not in line with the dominant Nehruvian outlook of the time. It is unfortunate that his own party has ignored his contributions because of its sycophantic bent. It should correct this historic oversight by supporting the move to create a memorial in his honour.
— Gajanan Ukhalkar
If Rajiv Gandhi be awarded the Bharat Ratna then P.V. Narasimha Rao certainly deserves it too. If not for anything but liberalising the economy. We all owe him a massive debt of gratitude.
— Vallabhadas Goydani
Guns and poses
This refers to ‘CM Devendra Fadnavis defends minister who carried revolver at kids’ event’ (IE, March 30). A gun-toting minister, irrespective of his credentials, is not a pleasant sight. Girish Mahajan has been an MLA for long and is provided security befitting his status and vulnerability. There was little need to carry a revolver to an event for deaf and dumb children. Fadnavis is wrong to assert that there is no harm for an individual to carry a licenced revolver. Besides, as a minister, Mahajan should instil confidence — not fear — in people. This is an issue of propriety more than legality.
— Ganapathi Bhat