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Get real

Apropos ‘Mr Modi, show me the money and the jobs’ by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune, Jan 26), recent surveys reveal the BJP under Modi is becoming a potential force to form the government after the elections. Modi is known for good governance in Gujarat, but Gujarat is not India. He has not revealed how he plans to revive industry and put the economy back on track. Since the party does not have any new model of economics, nothing concrete can be expected from it. ‘Ramdevian’ economics is being seen as a solution to the economic ills. Modi must spell out his economic model. Minor adjustment in taxes is not a new vision.

RS Brar, Ludhiana


It is unfair to say Modi’s idea of a strong India means a ‘strong Hindu India’. Modi has made Gujarat stronger and non-Hindu constituencies in the state vote for his party in successive elections. This is a clear proof that he is free of sectarian malice.

Ram Varma, email

Virtual hell

Apropos ‘Alone in the vast world of social media’ (Sunday Tribune, Jan 26), it is sad we are living in times that seemingly have all the ingredients needed to make a life ‘happy’, but we are still in a vulnerable space. Many like Sunanda find themselves standing alone. The virtual world has swallowed many Sunandas. Why do men marry if they have to abandon their wives emotionally? We hear politicians talking about women emancipation. Is it really happening?

Charu Mehta, Patiala


Sunanda’s death underscores the role of the virtual world in which a majority of the so-called elite live and die. In the era of social media, a friendship list might extend to millions, but there is not one who could read the turmoil fomenting in her mind, not even her husband. Unsure about what they expect from life and relationships, disenchantment turns to depression and the death instinct overpowers the will to live.

Dr Sanjay Pathak

Others before self

In a world full of vested interests, once in a while we come across people like social activist Shobha Nehru (‘Special school that fills their hours with laughter’ by Deepender Deswal; Sunday Tribune, Jan 26). The work being done by SAKAR is commendable. It is an irony that a state like Haryana, which claims to be one of the most developed states, felicitates NGOs like the infamous Apna Ghar, but neglects institutes like SAKAR. The saying ‘service of jiva is the service of Shiva’ was repudiated by the temple authorities who made the school vacate the temple premises for religious activities. Which one of the two purposes God would have liked to see being served is a matter of debate.

Shweta Suhag, Delhi

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