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That CM Mamata Banerjee is accompanying the PM on his tour is a positive sign.

June 8, 2015 12:32:40 am

The controversy surrounding Maggi should be laid to rest soon because of the confusion it has created (‘Crackdown on Maggi widens, Nestle digs in’, IE, June 5). As many as six states have banned the product. Some have even imposed restrictions on its storage and distribution. Consumer awareness in our country is inconsistent. It reached a crescendo at a point in time, only to fritter away. It is doubtful that we care to go through the written content on the packs of any item we buy. Not many research a product’s safety and health hazards, even though that information is available at the click of a button. Even more dangerous is the tendency to ignore all the hullabaloo and continue to use the product. The Maggi imbroglio should propel Indian consumers to tread carefully on each food product, especially the sealed and packed ones. There is also the need for all agencies to work concertedly to arrive at a quick and unambiguous decision.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola

While various state governments have imposed a ban on the sale of Maggi noodles, there are various adulterated food items that are sold freely under various brand names that violate food safety laws. Adulterated fruits and vegetables are also ubiquitous. This is a matter of grave concern because it directly pertains to public health, which cannot be compromised. Besides a ban, manufacturers should be punished for deceiving the public and violating food safety laws.
Arun Goyal, Patiala

State diplomacy

With reference to the article ‘South Asia’s Berlin walls’ by C. Raja Mohan (IE, June 5), PM Narendra Modi’s efforts to integrate Bangladesh have also helped improve Centre-state relations, as Modi appears keen to keep the West Bengal state government in the loop while improving relations with Dhaka. That CM Mamata Banerjee is accompanying the PM on his tour is a positive sign. The PM’s gesture about taking regional voices into consideration while framing foreign policy can be seen in moves like some CMs accompanying him on foreign tours. It can usher in a new era of para-diplomacy in which the opinions of state governments are taken into account while framing foreign policy — which is strictly the Centre’s prerogative.

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Ajinkya Deodhar, Palghar

Not so cinematic
I agree with the article, ‘A Reel Gap’ (IE, June 5). No doubt, cinema is a platform through which the social stigma attached to mentally challenged people can be addressed. But public awareness and government initiatives are more the order of the day to make things better.
Prachi Rajpoot, Kanpur

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First published on: 08-06-2015 at 12:32:40 am
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