PAKISTAN

Letters to the Editor: Christmas revelry at Park Avenue

Revellers on Park Street on Christmas Eve.

Cautionary story

Sir — It was disheartening {that a} large crowd turned up at Park Avenue on Christmas Day despite the rising variety of Omicron infections (“Revellers drop Covid warning”, Dec 26). Photos confirmed hundreds of individuals throwing Covid-19 precautions — sporting face masks, sustaining social distance — to the wind. With the third wave imminent, the West Bengal authorities should rethink its resolution to loosen up the evening curfew restrictions for the vacation week. On this context, the Delhi authorities’s transfer to ban all cultural occasions and gatherings on Christmas and New Yr is laudable.

Sthitapragya Chakraborty,
Calcutta

Sir — Multitudes have been thronging to Park Avenue from the start of Christmas week. The revellers have been dangerously reckless — many have been seen with out face masks, others had their masks lowered in an effort to take selfies. In mild of this, well being specialists have warned of a surge in Omicron infections within the metropolis. That is alarming. We should preserve our guards up in order to have a protected and glad new yr.

Suhaani Haldar,
Calcutta

Sir — Covid instances are rising in Bengal. With that, the brand new Omicron variant can be rearing its ugly head. The federal government should see to it that large crowds — Park Avenue and amusement parks in Calcutta witnessed an enormous rush on Christmas Day — will not be allowed to assemble. Precautionary measures are the necessity of the hour.

Murtaza Ahmad,
Calcutta

Voice of justice

Sir — The dying of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon of the South African anti-apartheid marketing campaign, is heartbreaking (“Voice that helped finish apartheid”, Dec 27). Tutu was a guiding mild within the battle to finish racial discrimination. He collaborated with one other nice icon of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, to eradicate the evils of apartheid. His tireless work in direction of laying the muse of a robust neighborhood freed from prejudices gained him the Nobel Prize for Peace. Tutu’s work will encourage future generations.

Iftekhar Ahmed,
Ahmedabad

Sir — The world has misplaced a gifted orator with the dying of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He, together with Nelson Mandela, was one of many architects of contemporary South Africa. At a time when international locations the world over are stricken by spiritual divisiveness, Tutu stood out because the voice of inclusivity, peace and equality.

As chairman of the Reality and Reconciliation Fee in post-apartheid South Africa, he advocated for reconciliation among the many races. His non-violent opposition to discriminatory practices was very similar to that of Mahatma Gandhi. His teachings stay related in at the moment’s fractured world.

Vijay Singh Adhikari,
Nainital

Sir — Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his comrade-in-arms, Nelson Mandela, fought relentlessly to finish apartheid in South Africa. A strong orator, Tutu used the church as a platform to protest towards injustice, delivering political sermons from the pulpit.

After South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994, Tutu, who by no means stopped being the conscience-keeper of the nation, coined the time period, ‘rainbow nation’, to have a good time variety. He was a person of forthright views, whether or not it was on poverty, human rights or local weather disaster, and he expressed them eloquently.

G. David Milton,
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

Balanced stance

Sir — It’s laudable that the Congress chief, Ghulam Nabi Azad, stated that Pakistan can not take an inch of Jammu and Kashmir’s territory despite all its efforts to take action. The previous chief minister acknowledged this whereas addressing a public assembly at Khour close to the worldwide border in Jammu. Requested about his opinion on Valley events such because the Nationwide Convention and the Peoples Democratic Social gathering insisting on dialogue with Pakistan, Azad rightly stated that the choice on holding talks must be left to the Central authorities.

Nevertheless, the Narendra Modi-led dispensation can’t be averse to talks with Pakistan if the latter is keen. It’s equally true that talks and terrorism can not go hand in hand. Pakistan should be sure that no acts of terror are carried out on
Indian soil.

Okay.V. Seetharamaiah,
Bangalore

Sir — Ghulam Nabi Azad has behaved like a real statesman by saying that issues of exterior affairs — whether or not issues pertaining to Kashmir have to be mentioned with Pakistan — must be left to the Central authorities. Leaders like Azad who don’t combine political variations with points that have an effect on nationwide safety are wanted in India. Different leaders within the Valley ought to observe his lead as an alternative of inciting an already simmering flame by suggesting talks with Pakistan. Such calls for will not be conducive to peace within the Valley.

Boisakhi Nag,
Calcutta

Style take a look at

Sir — The period of Covid-19 has ushered in a brand new regular, comprising adjustments that have been virtually unimaginable two years in the past. In an effort to carry diverse experiences to folks caught at residence, a Japanese professor has invented a prototype tv display that permits viewers to not simply watch and listen to the content material however style it too. As an illustration, the invention will permit viewers to expertise the seemingly heavenly meals produced in culinary reveals by licking the TV display. Nevertheless, there could also be a glitch. Lack of style is among the signs of Covid-19. Would a consumer not having the ability to style the meals on TV have the ability to inform whether or not it was the system that was malfunctioning or if he had contracted the virus?

Purnima Chandra,
Guwahati


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