June 6, 2015 12:32:32 am
Letter of the Week Gaining Dhaka
The government has to recast the Farakka Treaty for India to gain ground in Bangladesh (‘With Mamata’, IE, June 1). The following issues must be kept in mind: Sharing Teesta waters without cultivating the potential in upper riparian land will be unjust to West Bengal; India needs to ensure the usage of inland waterways and land corridors, besides a substantial reduction in the Chinese footprint; illegal immigration needs to be addressed; the land boundary should be fenced; illegal trade across the border must be tackled; the construction of the Tipaimukh dam must be justified; and there must also be an integrated river basin development of the Brahmaputra, with pressure on China to act judiciously as an upper riparian state.
R.P. Singh, Patiala
Letters to the Editor
The fact that Bollywood has an extremely stereotypical way of depicting mental illness is undeniable (‘A Reel Gap’, IE, June 5). The long list of Hindi movies cited in the article is evidence. Hollywood movies like A Beautiful Mind and The Theory of Everything are examples of treating a sensitive subject in a positive way. Data shows that three out of five people in India hesitate to talk about mental ill-health, forget visiting a psychiatrist. Celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan have been vocal about their mental anxieties and phases of stress in their respective lives. This has had a positive impact. If cinema starts dealing with these issues in a healthier manner, we can expect more of an improvement.
Surabhi, New Delhi
Finally, Nestle has decided to withdraw Maggi from the markets. This is logical. Expecting safe and hygienic food is the right of every individual. Consumers cannot always keep watch on the quality or standard of food products, so states must act proactively to maintain health standards. In the case of Maggi, since people have been consuming it for decades, many must have suffered. Besides banning Maggi, we must also think about how a self-employed, informal-sector vendor can serve quality food on the streets. As of now, street food cannot be expected to be hygienic. But so many people consume this type of food. Unsafe food and impure drinking water are major causes of the spread of diseases like diarrhoea. Municipalities must act, not by harassing street vendors, but by assisting them.
Yogeshwar Tompe, Mumbai
Rough and tough
Apropos of the editorial, ‘Parrikarisms’ (IE, June 5), the rustic style of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s reactions is appreciable and drives home the point effectively. Tough people are known to be rough. It is to his credit that the process of defence decision-making has been hastened.
S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida
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