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Posted at: Jul 15, 2018, 1:38 AM; last updated: Jul 15, 2018, 1:38 AM (IST)

Don't blame social media

We should stop blaming the social media for the spread of misinformation and fake news (When technology spurs killers). We, as social media users, are to be blamed equally. We hardly apply our mind while forwarding the information we receive. WhatsApp recently rolled out a new 'Forwards Label' feature to curb the dissemination of spam and fake news on its platform. Even though concrete solutions are yet to be found, we, as responsible citizens, must take up the responsibility for the content we share or disseminate.   

Mona Singh Khokhar, via email

Check fake news

Prime Minister Narendra Modi must talk on 'Mann Ki Baat' about the menace of fake news and misinformation on social media platforms like WhatsApp (Real consequences of fake news). Rumour mills are preying upon primal fears and triggering violence and even murders. A strong-worded message from the PM can help control the situation. Making people aware alone won't work. The time has come to seriously look into regulating the social media to some extent, besides making the administrative and police networks effective. 

LJS Panesar, Amritsar

No political alternative

Many politicians in Pakistan and India have at least one objective in common: amassing wealth (Icebergs of wealth). Politicians connive with bureaucrats in such a crafty way that the nation's wealth is diverted to private coffers or foreign shores without much accountability. This is the reason that development works are of substandard quality and do not last long. On top of it, people have no alternative but to elect such representatives time and again and keep suffering.  

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Letters that mattered

I remember my late mother who on spotting a Red Forces letter with the postman would smile and say ‘Eh lal rang de chitthi mere putt di chitthi hai' (The flight of inland letters.) She would call my father and say 'munde de chitthi ayee hai'. Then my ex-serviceman father would read it out and she would listen blissfully. It used to take at least three weeks for letters to reach home from far-flung areas. You have to be a 'fauji' to feel the impulse of writing and receiving an inland letter.

Col Gurdeep Singh (retd), Dharampur (HP)


Being in Merchant Navy, I can well imagine the thrill of letters. While leaving for home, I used to buy dozens of inland letters, write my company address on them and leave them with my family. I advised them to keep sending me at least one letter every week. On long sea voyages, I could send my letter only after reaching the next port of call. When the company's agent boarded the ship, we eagerly looked at the mail packet carried by him. Multitudes of emotions used to grip us on receiving letters. Even though the times have changed with improved connectivity, those feelings are still palpable. 

Lal Singh, via email

Women in control

Despite being from conservative families, our girls are showing great courage and patriotism and a deep sense of duty while standing guard on the Line of Control (Her line of control). They have proved that they are no less than those Indian women of yore who fought like Goddess Durga against the enemies to decimate them. If the country's 60 crore women are freed from social shackles, the destiny of the country will change for the better.

RM Ramaul, Paonta Sahib

Rustic charm still there

The rustic life of India has many charms of its own as the overcrowded cities, which are in fact concrete jungles, are no longer fit for healthy living (A (dis)taste of rustic India). Though most villages have undergone massive transformation, but they still retain their rustic taste. Rural folks have not yet become slaves of technology and gadgets. They are of caring and sharing nature, which their urban counterparts lack.

Tarsem S Bumrah, Batala

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