Letters to the Editor

Print edition : August 21, 2015

Alan Rusbridger

THE interview with Alan Rusbridger was insightful (Cover Story, August 7). He beautifully explained the growing popularity of the digital world, its pros and cons and customer preferences. His views on ethical, honest and bold journalism ring true. His noteworthy view on the Indian media hit the bull’s eye.

Koshika Krishna

Mumbai

ALAN RUSBRIDGER has been a genuine and positive influence on the media in this brave new connected world. One hopes his successor at The Guardian can continue with his solid principles of fairness and inclusiveness for there is still much work to be done.

Santhosh Veranani

Puducherry

VYAPAM scam

ALTHOUGH the Government of Madhya Pradesh appears to have been aware of the illegal process followed in the selection of candidates for medical seats and in job recruitments from as early as 2007, it turned a blind eye to the goings-on until there was a public outcry in 2013 (“Scam country”, August 7).

This suggests that this mother of all scams was institutionalised by Ministers, bureaucrats and middlemen with meticulous planning. Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan should resign and pave the way for an impartial investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

N.C. Sreedharan

Kannur, Kerala

ALTHOUGH scams are often part of examination and recruitment processes, the sheer magnitude of the VYAPAM scam takes one by surprise. Normally, anyone who was denied a place because of a scam would have brought the malpractices to light. It is surprising that people have been quiet for years. It will be interesting to know how those who benefited from the scam, especially doctors, are performing their official duties. Some of them may have opened their own clinics and hospitals.

S.S. Rajagopalan

Chennai

THE Chief Minister’s statement that the reports of deaths were fabricated and that the deaths were in no way connected with the scam is baffling. The Prime Minister’s silence is even more puzzling. When it is a fact that the recruitment and admission process was manipulated to select undeserving candidates, the opposition is justified in demanding nothing less than a CBI probe to expose the powerful and influential persons involved in this multi-crore scam.

K.R. Srinivasan

Secunderabad, Telangana

THE VYAPAM scam is one of biggest unearthed. Thousands of students got admissions through fraudulent means and hundreds suspected of involvement are on the run. The brains behind such scams take advantage of the tardiness of the law machinery in the country. In most cases, evidence is destroyed. Let us hope the Narendra Modi government brings a change in the way the country’s legal system functions.

M. Kumar

New Delhi

Omar Sharif

OMAR SHARIF, a wonderful thespian, was in a class by himself and never failed to give a rare touch of reality to the roles he played on the silver screen (“Star, undimmed”, August 7). In the movie “Mackenna’s Gold” (1969), Sharif gave an outstanding performance and outperformed Gregory Peck, the film’s hero.

G. Azeemoddin

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh



Barrier Reef

THE Great Barrier Reef is truly a World Natural Heritage site (“Miles to go”, August 7). A tour of the reef in a glass-bottomed boat is thrilling because one gets to see at close range colourful seaweed, fish and other sea creatures. The coral supports marine life.

The coral can be damaged by oil spills anywhere near the coastline, dredging and dumping, among other man-made problems. This natural wonder needs to be preserved for future generations. The steps the Australian government has taken to do this are worthy of replication elsewhere to preserve other natural heritage sites.

D.B.N. Murthy

Bangalore

The BJP

THE article “The sound of silence” (July 24) gave a vivid picture of the various allegations the BJP are facing. The worst part of the allegations is that the Prime Minister has not bothered to address these issues.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

Faridabad, Haryana

Sister Nirmala

THE passing away of Sister Nirmala is a loss to the Missionaries of Charity (“Service with a smile”, July 24). She devoted her life to the cause of the poor and the suffering. Although she is no more, she will remain the true inheritor of Mother Teresa, who had deep faith in her, and she will always be held in high esteem because of her service.

Jayant Mukherjee

Kolkata

Godmen

THE essay “Godmen and libel” (July 10) reminded one of the fake godmen that existed in the 19th century. The situation is the same today. There are the same fake godmen, the same allegations of rape and murder against them and the same kinds of court cases.

But now the cases drag on for years together, weakening the prosecution’s case. The cases brought against fake godmen represent just the tip of the iceberg. The sexual exploitation of devotees and servants at ashrams happens with impunity across India, with much of the misdeeds going unnoticed and unchecked.

The onus of keeping tabs on godmen and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats falls on the fourth estate. Democracy will thrive in India and elsewhere only if the media is responsible, fearless and independent

M.Y. Shariff

Chennai

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

The COVID-19-induced lockdown and the absolute necessity for human beings to maintain a physical distance from one another in order to contain the pandemic has changed our lives in unimaginable ways. The print medium all over the world is no exception.

As the distribution of printed copies is unlikely to resume any time soon, Frontline will come to you only through the digital platform until the return of normality. The resources needed to keep up the good work that Frontline has been doing for the past 35 years and more are immense. It is a long journey indeed. Readers who have been part of this journey are our source of strength.

Subscribing to the online edition, I am confident, will make it mutually beneficial.

Sincerely,

R. Vijaya Sankar

Editor, Frontline

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