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Modi effect

Raj Chengappa’s New York Diary “Arriving on world stage: lights, camera, action...” (Sunday Tribune, September 28) was exhilarating. Effulgent with his trademark confidence and humility, Narendra Modi stole the hearts of his admirers both at home and abroad. His historic address in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly was pertinent and statesman-like. His crisp observation that India wants to hold a dialogue with Pakistan without the shadow of terrorism was a befitting reply to Pakistan’s continuous rumblings on the Kashmir issue.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla


Modi mesmerises the masses like none has in recent times. Indira Gandhi would draw the masses that travelled long distances just to shake hands with her or have a glimpse. Narendra Modi, like a Gujarati businessman, has handled politics in a similar manner, with vision, planning and strategy. Would Modi have got the US visa if he was not elected India’s Prime Minister? It appears to be a convenient business marriage for both partners and has nothing to do with love.

Sudershan Walia, Amritsar


No other newspaper has covered the Modi’s US visit in the manner The Tribune has. It also extensively covered the J&K floods when other papers and television channels stopped doing so. This would have reminded the elderly Kashmiris of their past close association with The Tribune. Prior to 1947, The Tribune was the only English daily available in Kashmir. It would come by road from Lahore and the subscription was Rs 11 for three months. Everyone would look forward to the opportunity to read the paper, an event similar to the community watching of Doordarshan in the 1980s.

CN Dhar, email

Romance of yore

Apropos “The return of romantic hero” (Sunday Tribune, September 28), Pakistan actor Fawad Khan’s debut in Bollywood has given a new direction to the industry. Replacing the macho, flirtatious man with a sober hero who embodies romance, Hindi films will do good to get rid of vulgarity and violence that have a harmful impact on young minds. Positive roles played by graceful women characters will enhance their self-respect and dignity and spread a good message in society.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur


Change is always good. Earlier, there was romantic hero Rajesh Khanna and then the angry young man Amitabh Bachchan. The next era belonged to meaningless films, the worst really of Bollywood. Now some good films with romance are back. It is a cycle which goes on. All the audience wants to see is a good film.

Mahesh Kapasi, email

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