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The United States (What happened to Obama, Oct 16) is paying the price for its greed, for its dependence on cheap oil from West Asia and for the Americans’ penchant for consuming more and driving oil guzzling SUVs. Their utter disdain for environmental issues, allowing cheap imports to flood the market and affecting home-grown entrepreneurship, oversight on the Wall Street, banks and big corporate bodies and a reluctance to tax the very rich are at the heart of what’s wrong with America.

The thoughtless military foray into Iraq and the Afghan muddle have already bled the economy white but the US Rambos are still planning wars in Iran and elsewhere. What they needed was a wiser Caesar and a move towards a more equitable society. But a weak President, stubborn Republicans and failure of American Capitalism have put paid to the American dream.

R.Narayanan Ghaziabad


It is painful to learn of Khushwant Singh’s ailment. May he recover soon. He has inspired so many people with his writing and his ability to laugh at himself, made so many smile and forget momentarily their agonies and enabled people to accept any kind of challenge and adversity in life that he will always be special. Please get well soon, Khushwant Singh.

Preet Anmol Singh, Patiala

Music eternal

Let's keep remembering Jagjit Singh by listening to bhajans like Hey Govind, hey Gopal ; denan dukh haran dey etc. and ghazals such as Jab bhi aati hai teri yaad kabhi shaam kay baad; sadma to hai mujhe bhi kee tujse juda hoon mein. Great artistes like Jagjit Singh live for ever in the hearts of their admirers.

Tish Malhotra  Rohini, Delhi

Better films

Apropos - On the record by Vandana Shukla - "Sensitive films, like children, need protection and nurturing" (October 23 ), Leslie Udwin is right to point out that film industry is not contributing meaningfully to life. Most of the stories are unrealistic and leave little or no impact on one's life. It is a challenge to the industry and the script writers to come up with realistic stories based on social trends.

Hairsh Dido Chandigarh


This refers to a very inspiring and thought-provoking address delivered by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at Stanford University in 2005 (Oped Page,,Stay hungry,stay foolish,October 9). I find a great flare for fresh ideas in the xtempore speech of Mr Jobs who died recently at a relatively young age. It is astonishing to know that he started Apple at the age of 20  in his parents garage and within 10 years he had 4000 men working for him and his profits touched $2 billion. He was able to enrich human life with his great digital knowledge and technical expertise.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav


There were two errors on the Perspective Page on October 23. The names and text related to Brazil and South Africa got mixed up and the population of India was wrongly shown as 110 crores instead of 121 crores.

Prem Manchanda, St. Thomas Sr Sec. School, Ludhiana

The errors are regretted.

— Editor-in-Chief

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