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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