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Why are they
Pataudi will be remembered
Chairman and Publisher
India Abroad’s People page appears to
rely on performers of some sort, a few
business people, and chefs.
Most people who have made a difference in this country, such as the farmers, the doctors, the engineers, the
researchers, the nurses, the social
workers, the computer experts and others, are clearly not important as some
Are saving lives and holding things
together not as important as playing a
lover or sidekick in some Hollywood
film? Does India Abroad only deem
someone worthy of the People page
when they become famous, make a ton
of money or win some award?
There are real heroes — people who
are not rich, don’t hang around with
the rich or who do not always look good
on film, but people who make a difference without having photographers follow their every move. I mean people
like the convenience store owner who
went after a gun-wielding robber
because the latter abused his mother,
the child who works hard and sings at a
major baseball event, the student who
makes an important though not lucrative discovery, young people who do
thankless but praiseworthy social work,
those who make their name as volunteers at some institution, etc.
These are real people, not the cardboard cutouts often seen on the People
page. And they have done more for the
community — and for America — than
Padma Lakshmi, Akshay Kumar, Aziz
Ansari or others like them.
Mansur Ali Khan ‘Tiger’ Pataudi
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In 1967, I had attended a cricket
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India Abroad responds: Thank you for
writing in, Sreevani, but may we point
out that stories about the 'real heroes'
are spread over the rest of the pages of
this newspaper, as the letter below this
note will attest to. Surely, we need some
space for glamour, too?
The negative impact of corruption in
society becomes severe and very painful
when it is direct and happens all around
you. This is what is happening in many
Third World countries, including India.
V G Kattapuram
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Editorial Director, News & Business.
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More power to
It was good to read about Anil Rana,
who fought off his multiple sclerosis
and is cycling across the country
Bhagwati P Gupta (September 30).
English is becoming really successful
as a medium of education in India.
Every parent wants to send their children to English medium schools,
whether or not they can afford it. They
do this because all higher and professional education — including those
needed to become a doctor, a lawyer, an
architect, an accountant, etc — is in the
English medium while Hindi and other
regional languages are being sidelined.
When any person speaks in English,
we consider him an educated person,
whether he has a real education or not.
Our movie stars, television stars and
cricketers always try to speak in English
with interviewers. Film actors always
speak English, even at Hindi movie
award ceremonies. It is time we took
some more pride in our own languages.
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Have some pride
This is in response to letters from
Vidya Gupta (September 9) and Dr
Corruption has existed in human
society forever. Another name for cor-
ruption is selfishness.
I just got through watching 60 minutes’ presentation of the New York
Police Department’s display of counterterrorism measures being taken during the recent UN assembly.
I am sure New Yorkers felt more than
secure despite the invasion of their privacy. But, at what cost?
When I keep hearing that our country
is in a depression and a financial crisis,
I wonder how we can afford to host the
lavish plenary sessions of the UN,
exposing our country to threats now
and in the future. We could minimize
the risk by holding these sessions taking
turns with the BRIC nations — Brazil,
Russia India and China.
This will reduce our performance
anxiety while giving more confidence to
emerging countries like India. The less
the other countries see us wielding our
power, the less they will dislike us.
Isaac A Samuel