Today's letters

Today's letters

Is Murthy a Kannadiga?

This refers to ‘No Murthy call fails to cut ice with CM’ (DH, March 4). No doubt N R Narayana Murthy has contributed tremendously to the IT industry, but does that make him a Kannadiga?

In all the years I have seen him on TV; I have never heard him utter a single word of Kannada. Agreed that Vishwa Kannada Sammelana is not a convention for writers, authors, but for Kannadigas across the world, to choose Narayana Murthy, to inaugurate the Sammelana, is quite far fetched. Only we, the people of Karnataka, are calling him a Kannadiga, but I doubt he identifies himself as one. For someone who refused to allow the national anthem to be sung, because it would embarrass foreigners, identifying himself as a Kannadiga would be like committing suicide.


Good sense of humor

I fell over backwards laughing, on reading the RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE by K.S Ramanan (DH, March 2). He has but narrated the experiences of men folk in a typical Indian middle class family, in a delightful hilarious style. He deserves to be congratulated for his sense of humor, if not for mastering the "demanding” skills of reading newspapers, taking pleasant walks and learning from his experience.

H S Nagaraja

Avoid unnecessary controversy


This is with reference to the story “Writers oppose govt's choice” (DH, March 3). The controversy over the government's decision to invite Narayanamurthy to inaugurate Vishwa Kannada Sammelana is most unfortunate. Vishwa Kannada Sammelana is not just about Karnataka’s literature and arts but also showcases the progress made by the state of Karnataka and its people in the entire gamut of creative activities like arts, science, technology and human development. If one considers the meet in this broader perspective one can easily spot the fallacy of the argument that only Kannada writers have contributed to the pride of Karnataka.

We must avoid unnecessary controversies and let the event function smoothly without any glitches and make the event a grand success.

V.S. Kaushik

Euthanasia, a tough choice indeed


I refer to the lead article “For SC, hard choices over Aruna's,'dignified' death” (DH, March 3). Dying with dignity is an issue faced by many of the terminally ill. Attempting or assisting suicide is a criminal offence in many countries. Many Physicians may consider euthanasia for the terminally ill whose pain is great and do not desire to live, but given the risks do not wish to do so. It is a consequence of technology oriented medicine that we have lost touch with humanity. People, now, are well informed about medical problems through television, books; magazines. Technological intervention in medicine has been very successful in prolonging or mitigating the trauma of life in many patients suffering from terminal or comatose conditions. It is the patient and his near and dear ones who have to bear the distress. The patients’ right to die with dignity is crucial. Not allowing a person to end their pain brings a slow, painful death.  Laws with ample safeguards should be enacted to allow certain patients who are terminally ill to die with dignity.


Infosys took unnecessary risk

This refers to 'Infy US Staffer Slaps Visa Fraud Suit on Company' (DH, Feb 23).  It was shocking to read that a complaint has been filed by an American employee before an Alabama court accusing Infosys of visa and tax fraud.  It is alleged that Infosys sent lower level and unskilled foreigners to the US to work in full time positions at its customer sites.  It is well known that Indian programmers are engaged only on low skilled jobs in US.  The US Company has also alleged that Infosys has over-billed the customer.  A decade ago, it was reported that US companies like IBM, Cisco and Accenture opened shop in India only because they were over-billed by Indian companies for their off-shoring jobs.  I think Infosys has taken unnecessary risks by violating US Immigration laws by sending its employees under B1 visas to circumvent H-1B visa restrictions
M S Ramakrishna

Make CFL more affordable


This refers to the article ‘CFLs to light homes in Bangalore rural, Kolar’ (DH, Feb 28,2011). Our  experience  of  using  CFL  lamps  is  that  it has  unpredictable  life  span  for  the  price  it  costs.  A few  have  failed  within  days  and  some  have  been  serving  for  more  than  an  year.  Hence,  high  cost  of  the  CFL  lamps  should  be  primarily  addressed  if  the  intended  project  should  succeed.  Replacement of four incandescent bulbs with four CFL lamp at Rs 15 each may not serve the objective, as there is every chance of misuse of public money. Our government’s priority should be to encourage the CFL manufactures to reduce their selling prices by giving them tax sops or subsidies.  The  cost  of  CFL  thus  brought  down  would  automatically  attract  the  users  to  permanently  do  away  with   incandescent bulbs  in  due  course.



Education, a costly affair


The report ‘Parents offer body to pay child’s student loan’ (DH, Feb 28) makes for a sad reading. Even with financial aid, grants and scholarships, education these days is a costly affair. Many students take student loans to help cover some of their costs and parents often contribute as well. It was indeed sad to know that the Boston couple offered to sell their own body parts to pay off their children’s student loan amounting to $200,000. India too has its share of cases.

It’s time for parents to make their children take on some of the responsibility of paying for their own education which can teach them many things like budgeting, the value of education etc. After all Education is an investment in their future.

Chaitra Arjunpuri



Think again on civic reforms

This refers to 'Acts without Vision Will Not Help Citizens' (DH, Feb 22). It is said that direct election of mayor to the city for a five-year term, bringing all city agencies under one roof and formation of ward committees are four goodies in the BMRG and CP Bills.  The direct election of the mayor for a five-year term may involve additional election expenses to the government, which it can’t afford.  If the mayor's term is for five years the government should do away with the post of Commissioner for BBMP.  The idea of bringing all the city agencies under one roof will look very attractive on the organisation chart, but this amounts to centralization, which may not work smoothly considering the size of agencies. 

Another level in the hierarchy will be added unnecessarily involving additional costs.  In his famous book, 'Up the Organization' Robert Townsend has said that the consultants will recommend decentralisation if the organization is centralised and centralisation if the organisation is decentralised.  Most probably, the consultants might have done the same in this case. There is no need to form ward committees because there are already welfare associations in all wards and these associations could be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities foreseen for ward committees.  It appears that the MLAs MPs and MLCs are not showing much interest in these Bills.  So it will be difficult for the concerned minister to push it through in the Assembly. 

MS Ramakrishna

Land of God or Demon

This refers to news items ‘4 year old raped and murdered in Mysore’, ‘Rape accused NCP legislator absconds’, and ‘UP man wagers wife’ (DH, Feb 26). Scams and scams, Corruption from the High and low and the news of rapes and murders occurring on the daily basis make us sick to think where our Indian Society is heading. Great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Swami Vivekananda, Bala Gangadhar Tilak, Vinoba Bhave and Lal Bahadur Shastri inspired Indians with Patriotism, Self Sacrifice, and devotion towards nation.

The present day Scenario: - Get Power by any means and Get Rich Quick is the motto of the present day leaders. The religious Heads who are the guardians of healthy society are busy in making property. The pseudo intellectuals and literary persons are hankering towards Government instituted awards and honours. Most of the T.V. Programmes contain vulgar dances, songs and crimes which make the young minds sick. The Land of RAMA is becoming the land of Danavas. Is this how our forefathers, who sacrificed everything of theirs’ in getting us Freedom, wished INDIA to be?

Venkatesh Navaratna

JPC a welcome step

TThe is This is with reference to your report ‘PM to announce JPC today’(DH Feb 22). The Government's decision to concede to opposition’s demand of JPC to probe 2G spectrum scam comes as a relief for nation as it can’t ill afford disruption of the crucial budget session. 

JPC is a high-powered body, which is constituted only in rare circumstances, to investigate serious offences having national ramification. We hope this sets the stage for resumption of normal business in Parliament.

Ramesh G Jethwani


Grin at the gallows

This refers to the article “Kasab to hang, confirms HC ' (DH Feb 22). When the Bombay High court upheld his death sentence, Ajaml Kasab “broke a wry smile and replied “Shukria (thank you)”. Kasab has reasons to smile. Even after three decades, Rajeev Gandhi's assassins have not been executed. Afzal Guru is still alive after six years of the death verdict. Ajmal Kasab would move the Supreme Court and seek President's mercy. If he fails in both, his turn in the queue comes when he would be old enough to die naturally..

A Gajanana,


Curbing teenage drinking

This refers to Teens hit the bottle as adults wear the blinder (DH, Feb 21) Pubs and bars which do not check the ID of those suspected to be below the legal age for drinking  i.e. 21 years are doing a great disservice to the community Unfortunately, some of the excise inspectors are hand in glove with the culprits. There should be surprise checks and those caught encouraging teenage drinking should be fined, imprisoned and their license cancelled for ever A mass awareness campaign should be launched for school and college students to explain to them the evils of early drinking.

 D.B.N. Murthy

Amendment to Karnataka State University Act

This refers to Single law may govern varsities (DH, Feb 21) The committee has proposed   16 new insertions and 80 amendments to the existing Karnataka State Universities Act 2000. But, the demand for presence of non-teaching representative in syndicate and senate has been ignored. While, teaching staff is responsible for teaching, the non-teaching staff looks after administration thus playing a momentous role. It is ironical that, they have not had a say in the syndicate and academic council so far. 

Mudgal Venkatesh

Ministry may face legal action

This refers to the advertisement 'A Plea to the Ration Card Holders’ (DH, Feb 19) by the minister of energy, food, and civil supplies and consumer affairs.  The minister has said that the gas connection and ration cards of those who fail to furnish the required information by 28th February 2011 will be discontinued without any consideration.  The minister should realise that the State Government has no power to meddle with the gas connections as the gas agencies come under the jurisdiction of Government oil companies.  So the gas companies will not comply with the directives of the State Government to discontinue the gas connections.  If they do so, they will expose themselves to legal action by the consumers. 

MS Ramakrishna

MP’s slur on Supreme Court judge

This refers to “MP backtracks statement on being witness to judge taking bribe” (DH, Feb 18). MP K. Sudhakaran’s claim that he was witness to the Supreme Court judge accepting bribe in a case has sounded hollow after he backtracked on his statement. 

Mr. Sudhakaran is guilty of either concealing the facts or of leveling false charges against an honourable judge. The Congress leaders have done well to maintain distance from him on the claims made by him.  He has to be ousted from the party and prosecuted concealing the facts.

K.V. Seetharamiah

Kudos to e-delivery

This refers to the article ‘Centre mandates public services go e-delivery way’ (DH, Feb 18). We are in the electronic and telecommunication age and we have to modernise our method of correspondence and communications. In fact computers and mobile phones have become an essential mode of communication for a large number of people. Besides, population has also increased, it is difficult to travel from any place to the offices, wait for the dealing officers or assistants and pay bribe to get the services can also be stopped. This e-delivery system is of great help to senior citizens.

B S Ganesh,

Turmoil in Arab world bad for global and Indian economy

This refers to the article ‘Bahrain Police storm protests’ dated (18 Feb 2011, DH). Tunisian inspired turmoil which led to resignation of Egyptian president Mubrak, has spread to the whole of Arab World. It seems that Tunisian wave appears to be unstoppable.

In last few days of massive demonstration in Yemen and in ‘Sheikhdoms’ of  Bahrain, the smallest Arab Country, it clearly shows that the Tunisian wave has crossed waters of Suez canal and reached Gulf as these protest were  completely  unthinkable and unheard due to tight internal security in these ‘Sheikhdoms/Kingdoms’.

Though Yemen being a poor country tightly ruled by President Saleh for more than 30 years it really needs urgent political and economic reforms. Though radical change may not be possible immediately and what President of Yemen can do is to announce a fair general election at earliest to bring an end to the chaos prevailing today. As any further, this uprising is bad for global economy in general as Yemenis in very large number are settled in Saudi Arabia, the largest oil producing country, and hold key positions in large Saudi Companies which are owned by Yemeni people.

Also this may affect Indian economy badly as five million Indians work in the Gulf and India has large imports of oil from these Gulf countries.

Ramesh G Jethwani

There is plenty to choose from

This refers to the article “In state, non-tech jobs chase aspirants’ (DH, Feb 17). Do we have more jobs and fewer aspirants? Is it the same country where young graduates cry for employment and a few even end their lives when they fail to get one? While the new economy is creating more jobs that never existed before, it is also transforming older, more traditional work. Earlier, secretaries and assistants took dictations, typed and filed them, but now, the same positions require an ability to work with computers and business productivity software.

The result is a growing demand for a higher-skilled workforce. But it poses a big challenge for low-skilled and less-educated workers. Even in a growing economy, many jobs may be inaccessible for aspirants with low levels of education. In fact, the rise of the digital economy has reduced employment opportunities for less-educated world-wide and it comes as a sweet surprise that the Central Placement Cell (CPC) has more jobs to offer for not only graduates, but also to undergraduates in the state. It’s not utopia! It is indeed good news that the state has more non-tech jobs to offer. Thanks to CPC for building a bridge between the employers and the prospective employees.

Chaitra Arjunpuri

Medical insurance is a costly affair 

This refers to the editorial “Burden on Poor” (DH,Feb 17), which is very apt and timely. Medical expenses, is proving to be a bane, especially for the poor and middle class families. And for those below the poverty line it is a nightmare. People turn to private hospitals since they are comparatively well equipped and provide better service than the Government counterparts.

However, a mere allocation of fund will not improve the situation. A flexible and standardized approach in the ‘Health Insurance Policy’ and cost of hospitalization is the need of the hour. It would enable a healthy competition, not only among the insurers but also hospitals, encouraging them to provide a quality service. Also, Government has to set the standards and proper guidelines for the premium amount, bonus and the coverage based on the medical history and the income of the person. Regular health and dental check up at free of cost for the Government school students should be made mandatory.

Last but not the least is the prevention is better than cure policy. Aiming to provide a pollution free and hygienic environment, Identifying the root cause and making people aware of health hazards should also be in the agenda.

Sudhir Shivaram
Lisle, Illinois

Incresing the burden

The KMF has taken an easy way out by increasing milk prices by Rs 2 per litre. Instead of improving its efficiency, it is simply passing on the burden to the hapless consumers who have no choice but to fork out the increased price. This will certainly add to the common man's burden already reeling under high food inflation. Prices of Vegetables and milk have gone up which is casing serious problems to the consumers. The State government must act to control the price of vegetables by having direct access to producers, arranging for easy collection and transport and having cold storages to preserve perishable vegetables. On the contrary our state government is simply pointing its finger at the Centre for high food inflation without being proactive in controlling the prices of essential items. That price of onions which touched a high of Rs 80 is now available for Rs 2 at Nashik, the onion producing belt, just shows how we are not able to control and stabilize the price of vegetables. With the all the latest technology, communication and transport system, we should be able to do much more to improve crop forecasting, better transport and improved storage so that the consumers get their essential items without paying high prices. A few of the problems of high prices of essential goods is due to speculation, artificial scarcity, hoarding and black-marketing, which need to be curbed with an iron hand.

D.B.N. Murthy

Krishna did not mind his own speech

It is disgraceful to read about 'Krishna commits major gaffe at UN meeting" (DH, Feb 13). Whatever may be the apparent reasons for such a blunder, it is shocking that such an experienced and learned politician like S M Krishna did it. This clearly points to the lack of participation on his part both at the preparation and the analysis stages of the speech. Reading a wrong speech for such a meeting for almost three minutes is unimaginable! Moreover, Mr. Puri had to intervene to make him realize that he was not reading his own speech!

If this is the kind of involvement the highly qualified leaders show to their duties, what we can expect from ‘leaders’ with less qualifications and more criminal records?

Mrs. Alice K Jose,

Walk like an Egyptian

This refers to ‘Egyptian army affirms support to civilian rule’ (DH, Feb.13). It is heartening that the Egyptian army, which has taken over the administration after President Hosni Mubarak’s exit, has sent a right signal by affirming its support to install a democratic government. The world salutes the Egyptians for acting as a whistle-blower for democracy and individual liberty, by dismantling an authoritarian regime through a peaceful ‘Gandhian’ revolution. Egypt, which was known for the power and the glory of its ancient civilization, has once again sent out a strong message that no power is greater than the power of people. Mubarak had no option but to bow out to the might of the people power.

ISRO scam: Govt should provide answers


This refers to 'ISRO to scrap S-band deal with firm' (DH Feb, 9).The statement issued by the PMO denying any revenue loss to government is on the expected lines but it is not enough to pacify the general public. The enormity of the S-band scam seems to be over-taking the scams exposed so far under UPA-II regime and we do not know how many more such scams are in the pipeline.

T Varghese
Malleshwaram, Bangalore 560 011

Fresh hope for justice

This refers to the report, "Court wants Aarushi parents tried for double murder" (DH, Feb 10). Irrespective of where the truth lies or what the final outcome may be, the CBI court's order to reinvestigate the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case is a welcome development. It sends out a positive signal to those seeking justice and a warning note to the various government agencies investigating different cases, however complex or complicated they may be.One hopes that the court's fresh initiative will help to bring out the truth.

K K Cherian 
Domlur layout, Bangalore