Letters To The Editor
|The editorial “The Right Stuff” (July 2005) welcoming Indians for embracing the full spectrum of Indian life has some notable omissions, like cab drivers and convenience store workers. |
The “Looking In – Seeing Out” article on foreign films set in India makes little sense, because most of the films mentioned are by Indians. Other films made by Hollywood, such as City of Joy represent abject poverty, chaos, corruption, diseases, slums, beggars, pollution, snake charmers, stray animals, out of control population, lack of basic infrastructure and other misfortunes of the human race.
Amlan Home Chowdhury’s article tracing the history of foreign films in India “Looking in, Seeing Out” (July 2005) has two glaring omissions. Harry Black and the Tiger (1958, Twentieth Century Fox, directed by Hugo Furgonese), starring Stewart Granger and I.S. Johar, was shot entirely in Karnataka and was an international hit. Bhowani Junction (1956, MGM, directed by George Cukor), starred Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger. Gardner played an Anglo Indian and was one of the first Hollywood screen sirens to wear a saree in a major motion picture. The movie was well received by critics and audiences, both in India and abroad.
G. Subba Rao
Honestly, assuming I can excuse the harsh language of the editor who seems to think that he knows better than everyone else the current affairs of American politics or the fallacy of basing huge conclusions on one poll, I just have one question to ask: did you even read the poll?
Just in case you didn’t, here is some relevant information “AALDEF’s new 24-page publication, The Asian American Vote 2004: A Report on the Multilingual Exit Poll in the 2004 Presidential Election, provides a snapshot of the voter preferences of Asian Americans in 20 cities in 8 states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.”
One important word that was glossed over is “snapshot.” This poll is meant to simply offer a glimpse – not a conclusion. Furthermore, seven out of the eight states polled went to Kerry. How surveying seven blue states and one red state gives an idea of national voting trends is beyond me, since South Asians are spread throughout the entire nation.
If you want to eat aloo parathas and rava idlis “Keeping Up With the Kapoors” (May 2005) then you better go to California, because people in the US are crazy about Indian food.
I agree with the spirit of the article, Keeping Up With the Kapoors (May 2005) but I’d like the author to consider one point – when you are abroad, you get to see the malls and experience the wide choice available in literally everything. True, one doesn’t really need a world in which beauticians make you feel like you flunked chemistry in school. I would certainly like it if that kind of choice did not exist anywhere. But it does – all over the world – and while you have chosen to live outside of India for reasons that at some level has something to do with material comfort, I doubt if you can say you go back to India for your Bru coffees and steaming idlis served in two minutes no options given, no further questions asked. Indians in India would also like to experience that abundance (whether good for them or not). Maybe someday the world over people will say, “We don’t need this.” I don’t see a heavy rush to that queue though.
Until then, we’ve got to face the fact that India is keeping up with the world and no one said globalization isn’t a double edged sword. Let the Indians have a taste of the world too.
“Tributes to Mom” (May 2005) is a fabulous piece of writing. Every one has a distinct tale to share, but yes mom is mom. She is just like that to all of them, be you a celebrity or a commoner; you are the most cherished person of your mom. And she is the who has been beating inside us, who pumps blood and life in us. I know no amount of love for respect can be enough for her. Even if you will end your life adoring her, you won’t feel satisfied. That’s how moms are. Loving, caring, nurturing.
I read with interest the editorial by Achal Mehra “Left Out Hypocricy” (April 2005) on the denial of a U.S. visa to Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat. It appears that the visa was refused on the basis of a report of the Human Rights Commission, which alleged that the chief minister was in grave violation of religious freedom. You rightly said, “If they weren’t so hypocritical, these Indian immigrant groups would have been out protesting the U.S. government’s action instead of abetting it in railroading Modi
You should view the events impartially and take all the circumstances under consideration.
Given the fact that some organizations have blamed President George Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for atrocities at Abu Ghraib, would anyone condemn them without an inquiry or trial. Would any country dare prohibit them from entering their country? The denial of a visa to Modi is an insult to our country.
Manubhai L. Patel
Ronak M Jani
Chaitanya K. Dahagam
Article 4 of the Hague Convention on Certain Questions Relating to the Conflict of Nationality Law provides that “a State may not afford diplomatic protection to one of its nationals against a state whose nationality such person also possesses.” Therefore, international law limits the ability of a country to provide consular protection to its citizens or nationals in their country of second nationality.
A person registered as an Overseas Citizen of India, who is also a citizen of another country will therefore lose his right to consular protection of his home country when in India.
This is an important point: if an Overseas Citizen of India suffers from arbitrary treatment from Indian authorities, your country of primary nationality will be unable to assist you. Check out www.indiacitizenship.com for a comprehensive summary of Indian citizenship law.
I enjoyed reading your recent article “Bar None” (July 2005) on Indian American attorneys. I think it was wonderful that you raised the profile of lawyers who are doing incredible work on behalf of their country and their communities. I also appreciate your listing me in your article. However, just for the record, I am an American of Pakistani descent.
Shaarik H. Zafar
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