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From: Dr SK Das

Dear Editor,

The time has come for the world’s democracies to deal with the atrocities in Burma, where the government there is displaying similar behaviour to that of the Chinese government in Tianamen Square in the past.

As Communist China becomes richer by the day, she is becoming more confident on the global stage and is openly laughing at the US, United Nations and especially India. China is also refusing to allow democratic nations such as India and Japan to hold permanent seats on the UN Security Council so as to maintain her stranglehold on world politics. Not only that, but as China becomes more powerful militarily, she is selling arms and ammunition to the Burmese military junta, thereby indirectly sponsoring the violence and atrocities being committed in Burma today.

Analysing China’s arrogant behaviour, it is clear that the member states of the United Nations and people of the democratic world must take a stand against this Maoist menace to peace and democracy. One way of making China and her partners in crime understand that the world will not tolerate the bullying and violence being committed today would be to boycott Chinese products and especially boycott the Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing in 2008. This would strike at the financial heart of China’s growth and therefore force her to reconsider her stance in the world.

Such international action would also force the military dictatorships supported by China to realise that they are not immune to justice and that there will be consequences for the atrocities that they commit towards innocent civilians.

Regards

Dr S K Das


From:

KUMUDINI D. VALAMBIA

KINGSBURY. LONDON

Dear Sir,

Golden Era of Indian Film Industry

It is a well known fact that IFI (Indian Film Industry) has more followers among female film goers than male. It is as true today as it was during the so called golden era of IFI that stretched from early 1940 to late 1960 when melodrama and romannce ruled the radio waves, cinema screens and the hearts and minds of the Indian masses.

All my favourite films were produced during that era with a few exceptions. The films I admired, cherished and watched again and again were Raj Kapoor’s Barsat, Awara, Shri 420, Mara Nam Joker, Sangam, Ram Teri Ganga Mail and Bobby.

Although Raj Kapoor’s films were my favourite, as they were indeed favourites of most film goers at the time, the simple reason was that all his films had memorable music and lyrics, music provided by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics by Shailender. The ever green golden voice of Mukesh was an added bonus, so were the guest appearances of his father Prithviraj Kapoor, a character actor par excellence.

There were many other film producers and directors whose films were as popular and enjoyable as that of Raj Kapoor. Among them I can include V. Shantaram, Guru Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Mehbob who produced memorable hits. The actors that ruled the film industry at the time were, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Madhu Bala, Suraya, Nargis, Kamini Kaushal, Gita Bali, Nadira, Vijayantimala, Nimmi. Singers Lata and Asha, Gita Dutt, Mukesh, Rafi, C.H. Atma and music directors Naushad, Hemant Kumar, O.P. Nayar, S.D. Burman, C. Ram Chandra, Madan Mohan and many more.

Perhaps women are more emotional than men. They are also more inclined to escapism than men.While men can go to pubs, clubs and sporting venues, women have, on most part only cinema halls to escape to when they needed relaxation and some entertainment. They would rarely frequent clubs and bars although the situation is changing fast, especially in the West where women are enjoying full freddom.

Yet Indian films are as popular with women as ever, irrespective of age, education and family orientation.

So the article by Shri Nikhil Gajendragadkar was a pleasant diversion from politics. It was a walk down memory lane, remembering the good, old days when Bollywood was more of a dream factory than a money making machine.

Madan Mohan goes back even furher than our generation. Perhaps there is a generation older than us who are his staunch followers in India and East Africa.

We eagerly await a similar piece form Nikhilji to rekindle our affection with the golden era of the Indian film industry.

Yours

KUMUDINI D. VALAMBIA

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