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Letters to the Editor: Wrong Venue

The prime minister’s remarks on the former UPA government, while talking to NRIs during his recent trip abroad, can’t be excused at all.

Updated: April 30, 2015 12:00:42 am

The prime minister’s remarks on the former UPA government, while talking to NRIs during his recent trip abroad, can’t be excused at all (‘Oppn outrage over what PM said abroad, govt says why couldn’t he’, IE, April 29). The dramatic display on foreign soil, mocking the UPA in full view of the media, didn’t leave a good taste in the mouth. The style, content and body language were quite close to election meets addressed by Narendra Modi. It’s unbecoming of a PM to wash our dirty linen in public on foreign soil. He needs to refrain from making such remarks. These may earn applause but leave behind a poor image of the country.

— H.N. Singh, New Delhi

Sabeen’s Legacy

Sabeen Mahmud’s martyrdom will not be in vain if Pakistani civil society continues to stand by what she fought for (‘After Sabeen’, IE, April 29). Pakistani civil society must remain steadfast in its determination to expose and confront the evil forces. The government will, as usual, hesitate to bring the culprits to justice.

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— Satwant Kaur, Mahilpur

Amna Iqbal’s ‘To go on, defiantly’ (IE, April 28) and the editorial ‘After Sabeen’ point to the predicament of liberals in Pakistan, whose sane voices are getting gunned down. State complicity and an incomplete crackdown on radicals will not solve the hydra-headed monster of terrorism. It’s terrible for a state reeling under the terrorism it has sponsored to lose people trying to initiate a positive change in its torn society.

— Aatish Sharma, Mohali

Hard to Read

The Indian Express’s new design compromises on legibility and reading pleasure. The body font, Gulliver, is less legible than the earlier font. The letters are too close to each other, straining the eye more. The subhead font is beautiful, but again, difficult to read because it is too thin. The heading font looks ugly and unfriendly. I hope you will take steps to improve the new design to make it more legible and beautiful.

— Swapnil Gupta, Pune

More Letters

The new look of the paper is welcome. The “40 years ago” section can include some selected letters of that date. The space for letters to the editor can be increased. The box for the announcement of the letter of the week award can be smaller, in smaller font, thereby creating space for more letters. I appreciate IE’s recognition of the importance of letters, as several so-called national dailies do not care about feedback.

— Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi

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