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Focus more on development issues

THE article “Of news and trivia” (April 22) by Sajla Chawla offered right guidelines to the media to focus their attention on well- meaning issues rather than harping on non-issues. The daily soaps feature women engrossed in futile activities. Similarly, publishing superficial information about celebrities affects the impressionable minds of the young.

The writer has rightly challenged the media and the public and asked a pertinent question—Do we want to create a nation of thinkers or a nation of gossipmongers? The media must realise its responsibility towards society.



No doubt, the media has a responsibility, but the readers also have a role to play as they have the freedom to read whatever they want to. As for debates and public polls, they have to be made more constructive.

Instead of unnecessarily fighting among themselves the participants should offer solutions to the problem. The government too has the right to step in and take control over news that creates unnecessary hype over trivial issues.

NANDINI RAY, Chandigarh


It is sad that the media, by and large, covers only those matters which are related to celebrities, politicians or other eminent personalities. The TV channels are more interested in TRP ratings.

Channels do not care about serious issues. The media should realise its role in society and focus on development issues. 

JATINDER KOHLI,  Jalandhar City

Inflation vs growth

The editorial “RBI soft on inflation” (April 21) hit the right note. The UPA took the wrong turn, six months back. Food inflation was close to 20 per cent yet it chose not to rein in the money supply and continued its low interest regime under the garb of stimulus.

It was then overtly chasing a higher GDP, though aware that the economy was already out of the woods. With higher than normal temperatures across the land, alas the government reposes more faith in the rain gods for the ensuing monsoons than being pro-active on the food front. On this score, the UPA has let the common man down.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad

Politicians & cricket

The important thing is Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has more interest in cricket than agriculture (editorial, “Crossed wires over IPL”, April 23). He is playing a bigger role in the IPL than the Union Sports Minister.

Civil Aviation Minister  Praful Patel’s name is also cropping up. In future we should have IPL matches outside India or stop playing it altogether. Shocking news about the IPL is emerging each day, shaking one’s faith in it.


Stop drinking

Vipin Sehgal in his letter (April 20) has said that wives should take initiatives and stop their husbands from drinking. Those who drink know the adverse effects of alcohol. It is only the will of alcoholics that can stop them from drinking. Alcohol damages various parts of the body and is certainly not good for health.


Cyber espionage

It was shocking to know that the hackers have been indulging in espionage activities and stealing documents relating to missile operations, intelligence agencies and diplomatic ties with other nations (editorial, “Cyber secrecy”, April 8).

Today the world has been transformed into an integrated unit by the radical revolution in science and information technology and computers have become the repositories of the most guarded secrets and confidential documents.

Unfortunately, cyber safety standards often fall short of the required security level. An abysmal cyber security record on the part of the security agencies is really deplorable.


Dr Jagtar’s poetry

Dr Jagtar was a distinguished Punjab poet (Nonika Singh’s article “A life devoted to words”, April 2). Being well acquainted with Urdu and Persian he had the knack of choosing well-turned phrases and beautiful similes to embellish his verses.

While most Punjabi poets have not even a smattering of the science of versification, Dr Jagtar was well-versed with rules of verses. Primarily, he was a ghazal writer. No other genre can attain the level of ghazal.

Poet Ibne Insha said: Insha ji ham nazm key shaair phir bhee khair jo hain/Kaam kee baat ghazal mein kaihna sab key bas kee baat kahaan. Jagtar’s ghazals are not only the language of his heart, but also express the natural emotions of every human mind. His verses have poetic excellence, dignity of style and literary grace.




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