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Dudaney (India Abroad, February 15).
Being a Piscean, I thought Dudaney’s comment, ‘Piscean women are perhaps the most
romantic...’ was all right, but the suggestions about ‘making reservations at your
favorite restaurant...’ and giving a ‘perfect
gift for this lovable woman!’ is pandering to
the commercial money-making group. It
does not belong in astrology at all.
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Truly, a visionary
Dr Rangaswamy Srinivasan, featured in
the article headlined ‘The Visionary’
(People, India Abroad, February 15), was
my classmate at the Loyola College, Madras,
during 1944-1946. He was one of the first
students to be admitted to the then newly
created BSc honors chemistry course in the
college. He was a brilliant student in both
intermediate and chemistry honors and was
very well liked by the professors.
It is indeed a great achievement to have been instrumental
in discovering the Lasik treatment, a boon for myopic persons.
A brilliant career has been finally rewarded by the White
House with the National Medal of Technology and
Dr Srinivasan is the younger brother of the late Dr
Rangaswamy Narasimhan, who was the first person to con-
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against women in certain subcultures and regions in India are
rampant, except burnishing one’s altruistic credentials.
What we need is practical solutions in a country as diverse
as India. And patience.
Change occurs in democracies by evolution, not by revolu-
tion. And change is occurring if we compare the status of
women in the time of Katherine Mayo’s Mother India to
Elisabeth Bumiller’s May You be the Mother of a Hundred
There are already enough laws, but the problem, as in other
ills of India, is poor governance and law enforcement.
Sociological work may be necessary in areas like Haryana
where the Khap (caste-based) panchayats perpetuate deeply
entrenched discrimination against women.
The criminal element in the legislatures continues to enjoy
feudal and medieval sway over women when they were con-
sidered a commodity and prize of war and power. They should
be severely punished for their transgressions against women.
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No need for Durgas
This refers to Nisha Bhatt’s letter (Woman, become Durga,
India Abroad, February 8).
Yes, husbands are treated like gods by some women.
Nothing is wrong with that unless the behavior is forced; it
just reflects the old honor system, which some modern women
may dislike. Religion and tradition are as blind as love and it
all depends on the person who wants to continue with them,
as a result of knowledge or ignorance.
It does not matter whether the groom walks ahead or the
bride during the wedding ceremony. If the practice is to have
the bride walk ahead, a few years later it may be asked why not
let the groom go ahead.
A similar argument can be made about Bhatt’s objections to
the use of the bindion the forehead. If someone wants to fol-
low tradition what is wrong with that?
Why does Bhatt want woman to behave like Goddess Durga
all the time? That should only be done when such behavior is
required not in cultivated society.
If God has made her soft, tender and loving, what is wrong
with that? As for as the use of modern clothes and make-up, it
is to feel good and look good and so be attractive without nec-
essarily arousing sexual feelings in a man.
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This refers to George Kuttickal’s letter, headlined ‘Stop play-
ing favorites’ (India Abroad; February 15). While I disagree
with his assertion that India Abroad only publishes letters
from its favorite people, I do agree with him that it is frustrat-
ing when one spends one’s time, effort and energy crafting a
letter only to discover that it never saw the light of the day.
I realize India Abroad cannot possibly publish all the letters
they receive and a reader cannot expect to get every letter that
s/he writes published. There is an easy solution.
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to go electronic wholesale and have a format that allows read-
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the articles they publish.
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dialogue and enhancing the quality of India Abroad.
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No commerce in astrology,
This is regarding the astrological predictions by Monisha
This photograph, published in the New York-New
Jersey-Connecticut Tristate section of India Abroad
(February 15), is by Jay Mandal/On Assignment. We
apologize for having missed out the photo-credit.