Outlook – July 28, 2019

(Axel Boer) #1
CHENNAI M.Y. Shariff: This refers
to your cover story Content is the New
Khan (July 15). Though rooted in the
past, Bollywood has always looked
ahead at the future, embracing
transformation and reorientation
to keep pace with the changing
sentiments, aspirations, needs and
preferences of the audience, mainly
young people. The old order has to give
way to the new. As many filmstars had
been getting old and losing appeal, the
audience was looking out for a new
generation of actors, who have now
come to rule the roost.

LUCKNOW M.C. Joshi: For decades,
most Bollywood movies used to be
formula-driven. Love triangle,
revenge, separated siblings, the good
and the bad, the rich and the poor and
so on used to be common themes.
A few big-name actors commanded
huge fan followings. Fans hardly
missed a movie featuring their favour-
ite actor. However, offbeat movies
were also made and admired by a sec-
tion of moviegoers. That era is now
history. Most movies now have uncon-
ventional themes and unfamiliar or
little known actors, none of whom can
match the fame and fan-following
of the super-heroes and heroines of
yore. The new movies are often box-of-
fice wonders, but none manage to stay
on the big screen for long. Movies
celebrating silver, golden, diamond,
and platinum jubilee was common
once upon a time. The big question
is can Bollywood deliver all-time clas-
sics like Mother India, Mughal-e-Azam
and Sholay anymore?

Save The Children
CHENNAI M.Y. Shariff: This is with
reference to the cover story AES...
A Pallid Shroud (July 8). The fact that
the treatment of the disease has not

been found underscores the lack
of commitment of the government.
Deaths happen because good hospitals
are miles away and people cannot
avail instant treatment. Though the
mysterious condition surfaced about
35 years ago, both state and central
governments did little to combat the
disease. They have no contingency
plan to stop the menace once for
all and no strategy to nip it in the bud.
Governments are keen on patronising
the corporate sector and the rich, but
are ignoring the sufferings of the
downtrodden. They have been slow
in providing adequate healthcare,
free quality education and a healthy
environments. While the government
cannot provide roti, kapda and makaan
(food, clothing and house) directly
to poor people, it can help them stand
on their FEET by providing gainful
employment. How long will
authorities shirk their responsibility?
There is a need to open more

government schools and hospitals and
strengthen the existing ones. Healthy
people alone will forge a healthy India.

ON E-MAIL Vishwanath Dhotre:
Your story shows the truth on the
ground. The government should spend
more money on primary healthcare
and launch programmes that are
tailored specifically to the require-
ments of a particular region. After
reading the story, I have come to the
conclusion that politicians are the real
culprits. They have not bothered to
provide basic amenities, but have
made a lot of money for themselves.
In 70 years, Bihar has not seen much
development. Blaming the who’s who
of politics is no solution. We need to
revamp our healthcare system.

Detention Deceit
VARANASI Indu S. Dube: The plight
of Madhubala and a few more is
perturbing (The Assam Question: Who
Am I; July 15). It shows the callousness,
arbitrariness, nonfeasance,
irresponsible attitude and blatant
misuse of authority—by the govern-
ment and its officials. Also, it raises
question about the sanity of persons
who executed the process. It reflects the
protection they have from the system.
There is a something called “common
sense” and a word called conscience
essential and integral to humans. The
government’s laissez faire towards
employees is resulting in such pathetic
and stupefying mess. The cases men-
tioned here, are the tip of the iceberg,
but are the epitome of flagrant negli-
gence of officials. The judiciary should
take suo motu cognisance to set up
an inquiry, punish errant officials, and
recompense victims from their salary.

GUWAHATI Ashim Kumar Chak­
raborty: The hopelessness of so-called


Changing the Script


Mayawati’s refusal to engage with younger Dalit leaders outside the BSP may cost her dearly.


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