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I was rather shocked to read the article 'Whiter, tighter and what else?' (Society, August 11). I was shocked not so much at the low depths to which consumerism has sunk, as at the writer informing us about the beautification of parts of the female anatomy with such gay abandon, perhaps for want of anything better to do. Although progressive in my outlook, I feel great pride in my country for placing, what the writer derisively calls, 'an illogically high value on virginity'. Pray, let some Indian values stand as sentinels to the overwhelmingly unethical onslaught of the West. And yes, writers must remember too, that there are some things best left unsaid.
Manju Pant, via email
Lost in the valley
Aamir Bashir's refrain (Cinema, August 4) that 'B' in Bollywood stands for business is correct but it is this very quality that he has tried to milk in Harud, by projecting a facade of a wronged people and by making flat accusations about rigging of awards. Harud's narrative conveniently overlooks the genocide Kashmiri Muslims perpetrated on the hapless Pandits and Sikhs starting from unreported rapes in 1989-1990. A whole generation paid a heavy price for courting Pakistan's asymmetric war in the name of so-called azad Islamic state. Instead of such psuedo-victimisation 'item number' films, why does Bashir not talk of moderation of Muslims in the Kashmir valley?
Gurpreet Singh, via email
Big stick needed
The Indian hockey team (Sport, August 11) must win the Champions Trophy in Australia in December, 2012. That's the only way forward now. If not, reallocate resources from hockey to boxing, wrestling and shooting. Send hockey team to Rio Olympics in 2016 only if they win Champions Trophy or World Cup. Besides, there is no use blaming Michael Nobbs or rival hockey bodies over here. That the Indian players would not qualify to play for any club also is also not the issue. They clearly lack pluck and fight. They were scared of bigger rival players in other teams and did not tackle them. They displayed no pride in wearing Indian colours.
Srinivasan Anand G, via email
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