Today's letters

Today's letters

‘Brave’ Indian government

The New York Times has reported that Lashkar-e-Toiba is determined to strike India again. Despite ‘pledges’ by Pakistan to dismantle militant groups operating on its soil, and the ‘arrest’ of a handful of operatives, Lashkar has persisted, even flourished.
Ironically, our peace loving government is determined not to destroy these terror outfits for reasons unknown, but to continue the rail and road links with them for the ‘official and legal import’ of the terrorists, illegal arms and ammunition, drugs and fake currency to destabilize the Indian economy. Bravo, Indian government!

Hansraj Bhat
Geetanjali Nagar, Saibaba Mandir Road,
Borivli (W),

Air India fiasco

The sequence of events that played out in the Air India fiasco saw the company missing several opportunities that a wiser think tank could have easily avoided.

The whole situation was kicked off by the huge pay cuts announced by management.Rational thought would have mandated an incremental approach rather than a one time salary slip shocker.

This bloomer was only bettered by the impulsive Air India pilots who, instead of learning from the still fresh Jet airways impasse,chose to go on an ad-hoc strike without giving the public a reasonable period of notice.A notice period could have resulted in  the dual advantage of public goodwill and positive publicity when compared to their competitor.In addition, such a step would have served the ailing airline simply because the peak loads of the festive season would not have gone abegging.

It is also sad to see that the pilots did not offer any concessions voluntarily.Initiatives such as those by the Singapore airlines pilots who decided to forgo five-star accomodation and other luxurious perks to help the airline should have set an example worth following. Excessive greed and improper planning can only lead to more blushes.

'Avian'Sharath Nair
Indian Airlines Officers' Flats,
Indiranagar,HAL 2nd stage,

State Bank’s Advertisement

I am greatly surprised to see the front page advertisement issued by the State Bank of India with a depiction that they are “the Bankers to this Indian” below was the picture of  Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. (D H, September, 30).

Gurudev Tagore passed away in 1941 and the State Bank was established in 1955 on taking over of the Imperial Bank of India. Assuming that Gurudev Tagore was a customer of the erstwhile Imperial Bank or even before that its predecessor, the Bank of Bengal, it appears to me that this advertisement issued by the State Bank of India is not in good taste, because it was issued purely as a commercial advertisement for which the Bank ought not to have used the portrait of Gurudev Tagore.

Therefore, I would like to urge the Central Government to Amend the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 to include the names of other national leaders like Tagore, Sardar Patel, Netaji, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Radhakrishnan,  President of India and others so that their names and portraits are not misused through advertisement for commercial purposes because the present Act contains the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister only.

Prof. B. M. Baliga,
K. S. Layout, II stage,