Readers’ Forum: The Pied Piper
(Organiser 14.9.2014); This is with reference to the front page story in Organiser titled ‘ The Pied Piper’ by Kanwal Sibal. It is really laudable that PM Narendra Modi has been able to persuade the Japanese to make a whopping $33.5 billion investment in Bharat’s infrastructure over the next five years. His decision to forge a strong strategic relationship with Japan is a masterstroke and would help Bharat to balance the growing influence of China. Putting in place special arrangements to facilitate Japanese investments into the country will go a long way in inducing red tapeism and hastening investment flows.
THARCIUS S FERNANDO,
Ghazwa– e –Hind: Is Only India Threatened ?
(Organiser,17.8.2014 ); Apropos to ‘Ghazwa–e–Hind: Is Only India Threatened ?’ by Brig. Anil Gupta in Organiser. The writer has given in detail the activities of various Islamic terrorist outfits and their dangerous designs. But his final advise or conclusion is contradictory and confusing. He has written that “it is for both India and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and get ready to face common enemy which is in form of Islamic terror.” Very strange. Pakistan itself is an Islamic terrorist country. All the wings of Pakistan i.e. its people, political leaders, Armed Forces, Civil Administration, etc. are guided by mullahs and maulvies, are committed to spread hatred towards other religions. They slaughtered millions of Hindus and Sikhs during 1947 and again in 1971 in East Pakistan. All these fanatics are committed to eradicate Hindus (which they call as kafirs) from their so-called pure Pakistan meant as a homeland for the Muslims only. Brig. Gupta has failed to understand the mentality of Pakistan and Muslims.
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J & K Floods : Overcoming Nature’s Fury
(Organiser, 21.9.2014); Apropos of the article ‘J & K Floods : Overcoming Nature’s Fury’ in Organiser by Lt Gen ( Retd) S A Hasnain. The unprecedented flood in Jammu & Kashmir is a sad reminder that not enough has been done by the successive governments to deal with natural calamities. While J & K faced with a grim situation for the first time in 60 years, it is deplorable that the reasons behind such repeated natural calamities, whether in Uttarakhand or Odisha last year have neither been studied nor any corrective measures taken. It is heartening that the Army, Air Force and the RSS workers worked in tandem to rescue thousands of stranded men and women. But the Meteorological Department, Central Water Commission and the National Disaster Management Authority should coordinate their plans in future to minimise human suffering arising out of natural calamities and floods.
K R SRINIVASAN,
Role of English in Contemporary India
(Organiser,13.7.2014 ); I offer my profound congratulations to Shri M V Kamath on the balanced and well explained article on the ‘Role of English in the Contemporary India’ in Organiser. The people of Bharat are fortunate that they learnt English well before the British left Bharat and subsequently it has helped them to advance rapidly in technology and administration. It has also served as a common language nationally and in international interaction. In this matter we should not be governed only by patriotism but also by practical wisdom. Thus we cannot think in terms of giving up English until Hindi is fully acceptable in the entire Bharat .
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The economy grew by 5.7 per cent in the April – June quarter, above expectations and at the fasted pace in two years. The pattern of growth was heartening: manufacturing , mining and electricity supply all grew. Most indicators now show an economy that is recovering from a three year slide and recent GDP’s data confirm the trend. Challenges , however , remain such as the impact of deficient rainfall on the current agricultural season.
MAHESH CHANDRA SHARMA, Kanpur