Inked in Red

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The As­sam vi­o­lence re­flects the in­creas­ing re­sent­ment against im­mi­grants from Bangladesh. Politi­cians, who ex­tend a help­ing hand to those from across the bor­der, are equally to blame (“The Blood­lands of As­sam”, Au­gust 13). It is a sad com­men­tary on the af­fairs of the state that mi­grants stay per­ma­nently in In­dia, pri­mar­ily be­cause they form a for­mi­da­ble vote bank for the party which helps them. In­dia now faces the chal­lenge of send­ing Bangladeshis back. MA­HESH KU­MAR, Am­bala As­sam Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi is an in­ca­pac­i­tated chief who is not get­ting enough sup­port from the Cen­tre to stop im­mi­gra­tion and also does not have the power to send back the dis­placed mi­grants from the camps to their na­tive lands. Sig­nif­i­cantly, Go­goi has also lost his party its main poll plank of peace and nor­malcy. Crime rates have dou­bled over a decade, topped re­cently by the mo­lesta­tion case in Guwahati. It is un­for­tu­nate that many in­no­cent peo­ple were killed by mis­cre­ants and the As­sam gov­ern­ment failed to take pre­ven­tive mea­sures on time. MANJU PAL, Delhi The vi­o­lence in As­sam is the con­se­quence of the flawed tac­tics of politi­cians, who in­dulge in vote- bank pol­i­tics. This kind of bar­barism, ar­son and car­nage is a smudge on the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion. Poli­cies of the Gov­ern­ment should be prop­erly looked into. Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties must be fixed and those found guilty should be se­verely pun­ished, if the Cen­tre and the

state gov­ern­ments want to pre­vent the re­cur­rence of such in­ci­dents in the fu­ture. Oth­er­wise the coun­try will be in deep wa­ters. INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi

Miles to Go

Akhilesh Ya­dav’s per­for­mance has dis­ap­pointed the peo­ple who had pinned great hopes on him in the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sce­nario (“Cracks in the Ci­tadel”, Au­gust 13). Ya­dav doesn’t seem to have suc­ceeded in ar­rest­ing the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law and or­der con­di­tion in Ut­tar Pradesh. More­over, he is yet to show his dy­namism and lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and has even gone back on some of his de­ci­sions. The un­em­ployed youth are still look­ing up to him to ful­fil those tall prom­ises made be­fore the state elec­tions. Dis­grun­tled Mus­lims can turn the tables on the Sa­ma­jwadi Party if their needs are not met. It is es­sen­tial for Ya­dav and his par­ty­men to swing into ac­tion to win over peo­ple’s trust and sup­port if they want to fare well in the 2014 elec­tions. SAGARIKA SINGH, Su­rat

Feather on the Cap

It is a great achieve­ment for string the­o­rist Ashoke Sen to have won a $ 3 mil­lion ( Rs 16.6 crore) in­ter­na­tional physics award for his work on the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse (“Uni­verse on a Rub­ber Band”, Au­gust 13). Even though he has won sev­eral na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards, he chose to do his re­search from Har­ish- Chan­dra Re­search In­sti­tute in Jhusi, in a re­mote cor­ner of Ut­tar Pradesh, which has also been his home. His pas­sion for his work is clearly vis­i­ble and the fruits of his labour may be val­i­dated in a lab­o­ra­tory one day. SOMA NANDI, Kolkata

Mu­si­cal Chairs

The Cab­i­net reshuf­fle is un­war­ranted (“The Tested and Tired”, Au­gust 13). The choice of min­is­ters is also in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Even though In­dia is un­der the grip of the big­gest power break­down, power min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde was el­e­vated to the po­si­tion of home min­is­ter, while P. Chi­dambaram went back to fi­nance. Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Min­is­ter Veer­appa Moily is sad­dled with ad­di­tional charge of power. There’s also a buzz in the Congress that Rahul Gandhi will not be join­ing the Gov­ern­ment. Hope­fully, they have the magic for­mula for suc­cess. NARAYAN KU­MAR, Jamshed­pur

Name Call­ing

Con­tem­po­rary names have be­come a rage (“Call Me Kian”, Au­gust 13). Dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions have dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences. For to­day’s par­ents, ev­ery­thing is in a name. Till a few decades ago, when a child was born, he or she was named af­ter her par­ents, grand­par­ents, gods, and some­times even as­trologers were con­sulted. The gen­der of the child would be clear by just hear­ing the name. But the tra­di­tional is slowly be­com­ing re­dun­dant. The cur­rent trend is Ara­bic words, an amal­gam of par­ents’ names or even names bor­rowed from celebri­ties. Peo­ple be­lieve in be­ing un­con­ven­tional. With names such as Sput­nik, De­va­ditya, Kian and Alekhya be­com­ing pop­u­lar, we have to just wait and see what the next gen­er­a­tion will be called. KAMLA CHATURVEDI, Man­ga­lore

Pricey Deal

Then home min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram’s state­ment about the In­dian mid­dle class will­ing to pay Rs 15 for ice cream, yet not will­ing to pay Re 1 more for a kilo of rice, is in­sen­si­tive (“Glass House”, July 23). It’s a pity that he can’t see the dif­fer­ence in the im­pact of these two items of ex­pen­di­ture. KU­MAR, Dehradun

Corrigendum

In our Au­gust 13 is­sue (“Tube Wars”, Glass House), it was er­ro­neously men­tioned that on July 26, a law and or­der meet­ing was de­ferred by As­sam Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi to dis­cuss the strat­egy of a TV chan­nel re­port­edly bought in the name of his friend. Though the re­port came from a top po­lice source, our in­de­pen­dent probe could not ver­ify the facts. We re­gret the er­ror.

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