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Posted at: Nov 19, 2017, 1:13 AM; last updated: Nov 19, 2017, 1:13 AM (IST)

Be ideal margdarshak

Kaffeeklatsch (‘Advani's splendid isolation at 90’) brings to limelight the highest phase of LK Advani as a politician. As one of the BJP margdarshaks, he symbolises a type of politics peculiar to India of his times and its implications. Healthwise, he gives a far better account of himself at 90. It is the time that the ‘individual’ should take the better of ‘politician’ in him, so as to become an ideal margdarshak.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

No hiding

Big B has successively sailed from 'Panama to Paradise’ prominence (Kaffeeklatsch). Despite doubts on ethical dimension of his business activities, he is in the good books of the present regime and is the face of its flagship programmes. The Paradise Papers have a message for the global elite that hiding offshore wealth holdings can cost them a lot more.

PL Singh, Amritsar

Rajan’s right move

By refusing a Rajya Sabha seat offered by Arvind Kejriwal, Raghuram Rajan has taken the right decision (Kaffeeklatsch).  Of late, the Upper House of Parliament has become more of a dumping site for the failed politicians and the celebrities. Rajan, an economist par excellence, would not have been contented by holding this sinecure job where his opinion would not have been sought or ignored by his political masters as was the case during his stint in the RBI. 

PK Hanspaul, by email

Curb pollution

All of us are responsible for poisoning the air we breathe (Kaffeeklatsch). Waste burning, emission from vehicles and factories, and construction activities compound the difficulties. The government alone cannot solve it. We should accept personal responsibility and must contribute to effective pollution prevention awareness. Urgent measures and a long-term comprehensive solution are the need of the hour. 

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Rise above politics

We are responsible for the deteriorating atmosphere (‘Why are we silent on violence against nature’). Burning of crop residues and vehicular emissions are the main causes of pollution. We must rise above vote-bank politics to deal with this serious issue.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

Political ploy

The NIA raids on the Kashmiri separatists seem to be a political ploy (Indepth: ‘In Kashmir, a determined bid to choke fund funnel’). Such actions will show sincerity only if these lead to conviction, which is a rarity in the country. Separatists are enjoying perks offered by the government, but they are loyal to their masters across the border. We have to be wary of leaders such as Farooq Abdullah who calls stone-throwers freedom fighters and defends Pakistani agents.

PS Kaur, by email

Proud moment

It is a matter of pride for us that 70 Indian words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (Impressions: ‘Achcha? Achcha-Achcha! Achcha hai’). The world will now acquaint itself with Indian words. Learning foreign words will help in promoting fraternal feelings. We hope many more Indian words will make their way into the dictionary.

Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi

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