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Stop fo­cus­ing on the neg­a­tive

There are many fa­mous and in­tel­lec­tual In­di­ans who love to be very crit­i­cal of their own coun­try for the ben­e­fit of the world at large.

Aamir Khan (Man with a Mis­sion, Jan­uary 17) is one more in a long list of peo­ple who love to show the neg­a­tive as­pects of In­dian so­ci­ety (as if there are any coun­tries that are per­fect), make money out of this, earn ku­dos and fame but do noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant about th­ese ‘ills’.

True, there is a claim that some state gov­ern­ments have done things to rec­tify the ills pub­licly men­tioned by Aamir, but who cares if the peo­ple across the world get a poor im­pres­sion of In­dia?

Talk­ing about movie stars be­ing crit­i­cal of In­dia, this trend started with Os­car win­ner Satya­jit Ray, whose early movies show In­dia and his home state in a poor light.

In con­trast are the movies of Shah Rukh Khan, who has made films like

Chakde! In­dia and Swades that have good, whole­some themes car­ry­ing a mes­sage or two.

With peo­ple like Aamir around, In­dia’s de­trac­tors have a field day.

A GOPAL, DUBAI

He has made his mark

I loved the cover im­age of Aamir Khan and the fea­ture on the man who has made his mark on In­dian cin­ema and TV. The au­thors have ex­cel­lently cap­tured the man’s per­sona and his con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing In­dia a bet­ter place. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Divya Shetty and Anand Raj OK.

I also en­joyed read­ing about the cou­ple who lost weight (‘We lost 237kg in 18 months’, Jan­uary 17).

More such fea­tures are wel­come for a weekend read.

SHYAM SHANKAR, DUBAI

Achiev­ing the im­pos­si­ble

I do not have words to de­scribe the two teenagers, Yas­meen Al Na­j­jar and Mu­tus­sam Abu Karsh (‘The climb of hope’, Jan­uary 17). Los­ing a limb is an emo­tion­ally shat­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but they have de­cided not to wal­low in their loss but to over­come it and achieve the im­pos­si­ble.

They prove that lim­i­ta­tions are only in one’s mind. They have de­cided not to let their con­di­tion ruin their dreams. Th­ese spir­ited young­sters are per­fect role mod­els for oth­ers to em­u­late.

I hope Yas­meen and Mu­tus­sam suc­ceed in their quest and in­stil courage and hope in the hearts of oth­ers like them. I thank Fri­day for such heart-warm­ing sto­ries.

Con­tinue the amaz­ing work.

SHANIYA SID­DIQUI, SHAR­JAH

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