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Next President

Apropos Anita Katyal’s “High stakes battle for Presidency” (Perspective, April 29), out of the chief contenders for the office of President, I believe Hamid Ansari is the right choice as he is already the Vice-President and belongs to a minority community, besides being a man of letters.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav , Fatehabad


There is no dearth of personalities who can bring glory to the high office, but the tragedy is that despite our zealously chanting “We are Indian first”, merit and eligibility are pushed to the background, right from panchayat elections to the President. It is not knowledge, honesty or impartiality that counts, but vote banks! Let India come out of the Dark Ages. By all accounts, the scholar, humanist and compassionate former West Bengal Governor, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, deserves the post the most.

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

Reforms overdue

This has reference to Assocham president Rajkumar Dhoot’s interview “Black money abroad won’t return without amnesty” (On the Record, April 29) by Sanjeev Sharma. There are hardly any steps being taken to create the infrastructure necessary for growth. Economic reforms are overdue and must be brought about soon. Subsidies should be given only to the deserving, while farmers may be extended the required financial support. Efforts have to be made to get back the black money from abroad, while ensuring no more black money leaves the country.

S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida

Decisive women

Apropos “Mum’s not the word” (Spectrum, May 6), modern mothers are rightly encouraging their daughters to work outside home. Women are able to put emotions aside to take correct decisions on any front — home or professional. In fact, most smart decisions taken by the man in the family too are the result of a suggestion from a woman — mother or wife.

Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi


There is a paradox facing the modern woman. Even as they scale peaks of success, they are becoming victims of indifferent attitude of their family members. Stereotypical attitudes of the past continue to linger and the more women strive for equality, the more they lose the grip on their pivotal position in the family and society.

Usha Taneja, Fatehabad

Young forever

This refers to Khushwant Singh’s “Memorable midair encounter” (This Above All, May 6). It is amazing that even in his 90s, the writer can talk of exploits of his youth, when most people even in their youth do not have the courage to. May he live another hundred years!

R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh


Khushwant Singh’s writing — full of women, sex and whisky — is neither educative nor informative; it is useless. In giving him so much space, The Tribune also sullies its image.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

Tortured rivers

Rakesh Lohumi’s narrative on the extreme exploitation of rivers in Himachal for hydro-electric power (Perspective, May 6) was shocking. The matter needs to be urgently addressed by the government, the local people and environmentalists. Rivers like the Ravi, Chenab, Pabbar, Beas and Sutlej are not mere names; these are embedded deep in the collective psyche of the people through their music, literature, folklore — life itself. By sending the rivers into tunnels, we are leaving the riverbeds barren and lifeless. At many places, the rivers have already shrunk into narrow and dirty channels, resulting in immense collateral loss to flora and fauna. Riparian distance of 1-2 km between dams must be made mandatory. Let us not kill the goose that lays golden eggs.

SP Arora, Bilaspur

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