A well-compiled list
21 for 21 was compiled well and includes leaders and entrepreneurs from non-conventional sectors as well. While it’s understandable why you have featured Shah Rukh Khan, one would have liked to see Abhishek Bachchan also included, considering that we are talking about people who will lead in the future. Bachchan is the dark horse of Bollywood who could eventually emerge a winner and give SRK a run for his money.
Bal Govind, through e-mail
A strong team of 21
The list of people in 21 for 21 (BT, January 13, 2008) has been chosen well. You have a well-balanced mix of people from diverse fields and all of them are committed to excellence. It is heartening to see that many professionals like Ramesh Ramanathan and Vikram Akula have given up lucrative careers and dedicated themselves to improving the lot of society. With leaders like these, India is truly in good hands and things can only get better.
B. Rajasekaran, through e-mail
An incomplete 21
Your anniversary issue 21 for 21 has left out many dynamic young people who can truly shape India’s destiny. We already know about the works of people like Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vikram Akula, Ramesh Ramanathan and Shah Rukh Khan. Reams have been written about them. It would have been interesting to read about people who are making a difference to society but have kept a low profile. Also, you should have featured young politicians like Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who have the potential to bring about real change in the country. It was also surprising that Vishwanathan Anand and Sania Mirza, who have made huge mark in their respective fields, were not mentioned.
Shyam Sahay, through e-mail
Rupee @ 30 (BT, DEC. 30, 2007) may become a reality. While some industry sectors may be able to cope with this, the small-scale industry needs to be protected. The government has to take policy initiatives and improve infrastructure to sustain SSIs hit hard by the rising rupee and prevent job losses.
A. Jacob Sahayam, through e-mail
The game needs ICL
The row between the Board Of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL) (Newsmaker, December 30, 2007) is unwarranted. BCCI should support Kapil Dev’s endeavours to hone cricketing talent in the country. It should see ICL as a platform for providing budding cricketers an opportunity to display their skills. This will eventually benefit BCCI as it can pick good cricketers to play for the country. Instead, BCCI has decided to take ICL head-on by floating the Indian Premier League.
Srinivasan Umashankar, through e-mail
Taking heed of stress
Beat the burnout blues (BT December 30, 2007) is really relevant to our times. The present generation is caught in a vicious cycle. It wants to have it all: good career, fantastic salaries and all the best that money can buy. The downside of this maddening pace, where work hours have become longer, is early burnout. Organisations seem to be realising the need to address the issue of stress-related problems in the workplace.
Gaurav Maleri, through e-mail
A booster shot
Medicine town (BT, DECEMBER 30, 2007) was an interesting story. At least, there is some part of Kerala where some industry, other than tourism, is thriving. The story, however, does not throw light on how the medical industry has changed the lives of people in Perinthalmanna. A couple of examples from local people on how their lives have improved would have made the story complete.
Raju Bisht, through e-mail
In A Leader for a Creative India (January 13, 2008), Pavan K. Varma’s name was mis-spelt. The error is regretted.
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