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Oscar winners make India proud

It is natural for every Indian to feel proud of the achievements of AR Rahman along with Gulzar and Resul Pookutty on winning Oscars (editorial “Jai Ho, Jai Ho”, Feb 24). However, what was heartening at the glittering function was to hear them convey to an international audience the core wisdom of Indian philosophy of love and peace.

While Pookutty exemplified his patriotism by dedicating the award to his country, Rahman’s exemplary gratitude to his mother seeking her blessings and his remark “choice of love over hate” elicited well-deserved applause. Such noble thoughts, moving words and remarkable gestures are uncommon these days. Hopefully, our Gen Next will take note and draw inspiration.

On the flip-side, abject poverty, food shortages, inadequate healthcare and education, police brutality and atrocities on women tellingly portrayed in Slumdog Millionaire, are to be found in many of our rural areas and slums. In the 21st century, this reality should make us sit up, take notice and act accordingly.



Slumdog Millionaire’ s triumph is truly a victory of India’s young shining talent, which was recognised at the world’s prestigious platform. Rahman , Pookutty, Gulzar and all the others truly deserve the eight awards. It is a victory of  Bollywood too.

I feel that Lagaan was also a sincere effort by Ashutosh Gowrikar and truly deserved an Oscar. But, since it was an Indian movie made by an Indian, it lost out in the foreign film category. Slumdog has spread the message of hope and victory. Finally, India and Bollywood have been recognised.



The magical success of Slumdog Millionaire is uplifting. We salute Rahman, Pookutty and the rest for this extraordinary achievement. The phenomenal movie has given eternal joy and proud moments for every Indian to cherish . It has also brought hope for more Oscars in the future.

 If this movie is a message of hope for the poor, it will also serve as a constant reminder of India’s poverty, which is portrayed to the outside world, time and again, in one form or another. Whereas countries like Singapore and South Korea are now fully developed India’s poor are still struggling for two square meals.

The Green Revolution did manage to alleviate poverty and hunger to some extent, but India needs another revolution. If we implement policies honestly, the development and progress will trickle down to the poor.

DR SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


Indians rejoiced at the news of Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. The low budget film sweeping the Oscars has once again proved that it is always men and not money that matters. Music aficionados would have been delighted if Sukhvinder had also been awarded along with Rahman and Gulzar. As a famous English poet said, “right the ring of the words when the ringer rings them, fair the fall of song when the singer sings them”.

But for the powerful melodious voice of Sukhvinder, the verses of Gulzar would have been lost. 

DR Y P GUPTA, Ludhiana

Corporal punishment

I would like to draw your attention to corporal punishment prevalent in the government schools. School students not only carry overloaded bags but also bear the brunt of slaps and sticks, often for trivial reasons. In this competitive era, the need of the hour is motivation.

Students should be handled carefully in a humane manner. Sometimes teachers slap the students, just to give vent to their own frustrations.

Teaching is not everybody’s cup of tea and only the dedicated ones should adopt this profession. India needs creative minds and this is only possible with proper training of teachers who must adopt creative methods of teaching and not follow primitive systems of corporal punishment.


Understanding the child

Mohammad Imtiaz’s middle “An eye-opener” (Feb 12) was very interesting. The mind of a child is very fragile and sensitive. Parents should be friendly towards their children. Only then will a child be able to share his feelings with them.

Stern behaviour will affect his psyche and debilitate him later in life. A child should be taught the importance of going to school and the demerits of avoiding school. To make education more interesting and pleasurable, a child should be taught the value and prospects of education.

He should not be overburdened with studies. In a child’s formative years, the parents should motivate the child and must try to understand him. A flower can only blossom when an owner looks after it properly.




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