Age of Eureka
The cover story, 100 Years Young (July 10), is a great compilation of Indian industrial history. Those were the golden years when India laid the foundation stone of its growth and also made its presence felt in the global arena. Companies such as Tata Steel, ITC, Kirloskar, and TVS Motor have paved the way for several other companies not only in India but overseas too. Overall, the entire package made for an interesting read. But I would like to mention that newspapers such as The Statesman and The Hindu should have been added to the list as both of them have witnessed and reported important events like India's independence struggle, Emergency, new economic reforms and others.
Chhanda Das, New Delhi
King of Canvas
As the world mourns Maqbool Fida Husain's death, it is heartbreaking to recall how a painter as great as he had to spend the last years of his life in self exile following threats from Hindu fundamentalists (At Home in the World: M.F. Husain, July 10). He has certainly spearheaded the modern Indian art movement over the last few decades. He left India in February 2007 and moved between London, Dubai and Qatar. In the past five years, the 90-plus artist and filmmaker had nursed the desire to come back to India, even if it was only temporarily. It is very unfortunate that our government could not bring Husain back - someone who had devoted his life for the renaissance of modern Indian art.
Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi
Kudos to Mangalore Electricity Supply Company, Madhya Gujarat Vij Company and Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company for doing their bit to save power. The way the three companies have managed to stem distribution losses in this day and age is rather impressive (Light on the Horizon, July 10). I wonder whether such models will work for metropolitan cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, where power cuts have become a major hurdle. Hopefully, others will follow suit because if one goes by the new-age reality, "every unit saved is worth two generated".
R. Singh, Chandigarh