PM with principles
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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.
- Open channels of communication are vital for democracy and governance
- Slogans should be backed with appropriate strategies, else they remain showbiz
- Ideas seem to be the BJP’s enemy, whether from within or from without
- No country is ready to send boots on the ground, thus ensuring the survival of the IS
- Bad monsoon memories
- Across the aisle: A flat growth rate indicates India's economy is in poor shape