PM with principles
- Sports court tears Narsingh Yadav defence, NADA’s credibility
- Ramya on sedition case: Will not apologise for my Pakistan remark, said nothing wrong
- I can't fight against the government or AFI, but I know the truth: OP Jaisha
- From Rajasthan to Bihar: Tracking floods in north India
- Kashmir unrest: Curfew lifted from parts of Srinagar
PM with principles
A thorough gentleman, I.K. Gujral may have been prime minister only for a short time, but he endeared himself to one and all ('A gentleman prime minister', IE, December 2). Inder Malhotra's piece brings to light many unknown facets of his life. Though Gujral was initially considered close to Indira Gandhi, their relationship soured because he had the "temerity" to tell Sanjay Gandhi to learn to talk to his elders. As foreign minister under V.P. Singh, his basic agenda was to befriend India's neighbours and settle all disputes with Pakistan through peaceful negotiations. One of his greatest achievements was to conclude and sign a treaty with Bangladesh on sharing the waters of the Ganga, a matter that had remained pending since 1947. He was not a politician who only used political muscle; he was sophisticated and never compromised on his principles.
— Yash Verma
THIS refers to 'Truth about ads' (IE, December 1). Most advertisements for consumer goods present a glorified picture of a product and its efficacy. What is more dangerous is that these ads play on familial relationships, particularly between parents and children. As a result, young children watch ads and demand that their parents buy the products being publicised. They also develop false ideals of glamour and adopt a distorted view of the world.
— Vijai Pant
Master of the pen
APROPOS 'The big fish eating the small fish' (IE, December 1), Ayisha Abraham has rightly observed that her father, Abu Abraham, was "a caricaturist and a political commentator" and that "it was politics and not art that sustained him". In his 40-year career, Abu educated himself in art history by
frequently visiting various museums across Europe. He deeply admired Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Abu produced incisive political cartoons while in London. On his return to India in 1969, he mercilessly attacked corruption in politics with simple yet direct linear drawings.
- Tension between the executive and judiciary could play out in creative, or destructive, ways
- Mental Health Bill tries to address complex issues, but it’s a work in progress
- Modi’s recent statements could help end the troubled region’s long international isolation
- Divya Spandana: Pakistan is no hell, I stand by my remarks
- The freedom from unreason
- Cow protection, paradoxically, poses a threat to the BJP’s project of Hindu unity