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With reference to the article “What price, fame? (Pamela Philipose, May 9), today's media has degraded itself in its own values. Sensationalisation of news has now become a business, the media is not interested in the issues that affect the common man but rather it is interested in selling silly news by making it look attractive. Today's media is not a fair messenger but a TRP hunter.

S. Umar Farooq Tabrez

Bidar

It is true that the media gives undue importance to minor incidents in the lives of celebrities. It appears as if they have nothing concrete to do these days. And as Pamela Philipose mentions, they do not pay serious attention to matters where women are concerned. Their achievements are underestimated as always. The media does not attribute a woman's success to her talent or hard work but rather consider it as a privilege they get by belonging to the fair sex. Conscious efforts need to be taken by the media to be impartial in the case of gender.

Sandhya Suresh V.

Thrissur

National shame

Harsh Mander has brought out the poignant realities of manual scavenging in our country. (Burning baskets of shame, May 9). The socio-economic realities of India unfold in a series of paradoxes. It is a matter of national shame that Mahatma Gandhi's India has not learned to clean its own toilets. Gandhi raised the issue of manual scavengers in a congress meeting in 1901 and it took 90 years for his India to enact a law to prevent this obnoxious act. Manual scavenging is a sanitation issue; more importantly a health issue. It takes an epidemic like plague for the government to sit up and smell the sewage. The state governments were complicit in perpetuating this degrading and dehumanising practice for years. It is high time that we gave back dignity to our fellow beings caught in a vortex of exploitation.

Francis Kuriakose and Deepa Kylasam Iyer

Puducherry

Pathetic performance

This has reference to the article “Motherhood at peril” by Ananthapriya Subramanian (May 9). The tell-tale figure of the high death rate during pregnancy of Indian motherhood even after 60 years of Independence is a sad spectacle. It is paradoxical that India stands at an abysmally low ranking of 73 out of 77 middle-income countries surveyed, while we have made great strides in the IT field. Although we have a handful of women celebrities in our midst, Nehru's vision of the status of women in our country is still a distant dream.

N.C. Sreedharan

Kannur

Sculpted by nature

This has reference to “Back to the roots” by Nirupama Subramanian (May 9). The artist in Bimal Saigal spots animal, a man or a woman in a ‘gnarled, knobby piece of root' lying on the ground. Nature herself is an artist who produces hundreds of pictures — modern, abstract or realistic pieces — not only in roots but in hills, valleys and the vast sky, though only Saigals can discover the arts of the nature....an elephant or a vulture in the sky or a dancing woman somewhere in the distant hills.

P.U. Krishnan

Udhagamandalam


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