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Letters to India Currents: 10/22/20

To The Editor,

I have seen how the Indian American Voters have gotten slightly disaffected by Harris/Biden/Jaipal Reddy/Ro Khanna/Ilhan Omar’s stances being perceived as though against India, especially on Kashmir and Modi administration.

In swing states, Indian votes will make a difference. I see a large number of politicians and policy wonks giving a perception of this anti-India stance (and mollycoddling of Separatism in Kashmir by Muslim fanatics supported by Pakistan and China).

Therefore I would request politicians that support Indian democracy and want peace and normalcy to return to the Indian subcontinent – especially Kashmir, please make a strong statement that supports India’s Modi’s efforts to call the 70-year-old bluff (explained below) and bring normalcy to the people of Kashmir, including for Muslims, by restoring Law and Order slowly.

To US Political Leaders and Policymakers:

Please give light to the treatment and plight of the Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee Srinagar due to the genocide/ethnic cleansing wrought on them by the Pakistani Army.

Mention the fact that a majority of the J&K population and area – Jammu residents and Ladakhis do support the Modi governments’ actions and gradual restoration of the rule of law.

Mention that after article 370, there are glimmers of hope in Kashmir and now the local population is asking the Indian government about constructing infrastructure instead of breaking away. As an example, read this article on India Currents: https://indiacurrents.com/after-370-glimmers-of-hope/

You could also talk about the torment (and smothering) of ordinary people in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (which Pak cunningly calls Azad Kashmir) and Gilgit Baltistan under the hands of the Pakistani military, which does not easily allow free expression or a free Press. In addition, talk about how a large cross-section in these regions under Pakistan, wants to actually join India!

Additional points:
1) Don’t ignore the plight of the soldiers and their families who have lost their near & dear ones too.
2) There is a history of corruption and demagoguery by the Kashmiri politicians (Abdullahs and Mufti Mohammed Syeds, albeit along with central political parties) in rigging elections in 1989 and thus giving disaffected youth a cause to rebel – however unjustified.
3) Note the treachery of the Hurriyat leaders (local Kashmiri leaders), including Gilanis.
4) Please understand that J&K had acceded to India in 1947 and it is the Pakistani army that tried to wrest it away by force. Upon that, Article 370 and 35A were but temporary and stop-gap measures having no validity any longer and completely un-tenable for a state in a democratic country
5) Understand the abuses of these articles in Kashmir, with the politicians giving passports and citizenships to Uighurs as well as Rohingyas without any sanction from the Central Government.
6) Let people know about the amount of money and sops given by Indians to Kashmir, which was mis-used by the corrupt Kashmiri (local) politicians and administration before the abrogation of article 370.
8) Realize that the original Kashmiri Muslim (mostly a Shias/Sufis) will have much better human rights, security, and equality in a unified Kashmir than under Pakistan (Shias being persecuted in Pak), just as Kashmiris had between 1947 and 1989, before militancy.

I really hope you can educate your colleagues to avoid making a blanket “mother of all” statements supporting the plight of the Kashmiri Muslim alone, without understanding the complex history, nuances, and facts – especially the plight of the plurality of the J&K population (Pandits, Jammu residents and Ladakhis).

I hope your colleagues will be even more strident in castigating and thwarting the Pakistani military’s nefarious designs at damaging the Kashmiri psyche, peace, and economy by fueling Jihadist terrorism.

If you leaders are true to your words and really care for the average Kashmiri, you need to pass resolutions to stop funding and aiding the Pakistani military, impose sanctions on ISI and strengthen the Indian administration’s hand in making J&K a prosperous part of peaceful and democratic India.

Please help in the ongoing restoration of peace by making such statements for India’s efforts and pass this on to your colleagues’ policymakers.

Thank you,

Mayank Jain

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Letters to India Currents: 10/14/20

To The Editor,

Thank you for your email and for including me in your community. I will address your general questions.

Yes, I am voting in 2020. I have always voted since I became a US citizen in 1981 and I am a registered voter in CA as an Independent. So, I have the right to choose my candidate not necessarily for a Political Party but across the party line. As an independent, I am restricted from Voting in the CA Primaries.

Sorry, I will not share who I am going to vote for. I will reserve my right to privacy. I consider the ‘Issues’ and the ‘Stands’ for each Presidential candidate and not necessarily for their personalities, although that is somewhat important for a President. Nevertheless, to me, I never bring it down to a personal level for anyone I come to know, not necessarily a political figure. Although most people do. It is the most convenient, shallow depth and an easy way to bring a person down and avoid personal responsibility.

I believe ‘ Actions’  are important because that is what makes the person not the looks or the talks. I judge a person by his or her actions over a period of time.  I also want to see the overall ‘situation’  of the country and decide on my vote.

It is not easy to have a perfect Democracy. Each person must understand its value and the value of the vote. It is not a matter of ONE issue but SEVERAL issues and how those are being dealt with.

Hope I didn’t offend you by my remarks.  I do have my First Amendment Rights and being in the publishing business, you might know about it very well.

Best wishes,

Sumedha Sengupta

Livermore, CA

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Letters to India Currents: 10/06/20

Dear India Currents,

In the Red and Blue states and cities where we have our hotels, we are pledging to work with the cities local officials to create polling places for the 2020 general elections promoting community and civic engagements. Our employees will volunteer and help out as needed.

Like the years before, we are giving employees paid time off to vote, urging to uphold virtues of respect and dignity amid contentious election as we continue to push for social, racial justice, and equality.

In the 2016 General Elections, our 2 sons, Krish (10) & Aryan (9) joined us at the polls to vote, where me, my parents, and Neelam made our selections and our sons turned the dials and pressed the buttons communicating it to the government and election officials. It bought a big smile to the whole family when the official ballot was being printed to double confirm as we pressed the accept red-button.

As a first-generation American, voting has always been a big deal for me and I was feeling proud and patriotic. you know, I am an immigrant and built my professional life here in the United States. I owe much to this country, as I started from nothing to my education and the opportunity to build a company here to the safety to raise a beautiful family in an encouraging, inclusive, and diverse society. I feel a moral obligation to take a stand on social issues and spread enthusiasm. Turnout is just going to be critical in this election.

The Voting process instills positive lessons about responsibility, honor, equality, justice, patriotism, and leadership. Practicing good citizenship understanding and appreciating our responsibility for civic involvement being good stewards of the communities. Citizenship has taken roots in their kids in the form of 2 young voters who became engaged in the voting process, owning the responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship making them true patriots. Voting reinforces respect for people and it’s very important that kids inherit a great country and just not a great history. Take the young Voters of tomorrow to the polls today, as they will be empowered for the future. This is their chance to be part of history and emerging as PROUD Citizens who’d done a citizen’s noble work.

Voters are the future of this country and continue to practice kindness, compassion, and respect for others building bridges of love and respect. No matter how divided you might be, Voting is your right and shared experience, a process that everyone should feel proud about as United Americans. You can also choose to go out and volunteer at a local precinct of your preference to call on your friends and families to vote. You may even help them and talk through policies with them. Whatever you do, exercise your right to vote, help someone else do the same, and make a positive difference. more importantly, GO VOTE!

For us, the policy is non-partisan and designed to give employees, some of whom may be voting for the first time, the chance to make lasting changes and be part of the community and the American Dream. No American should have to choose between a paycheck and fulfilling his or her duty as a citizen,

Voting matters even @ 85 in a wheelchair, with my father’s failing eyesight, Dad cast his vote and he made me read the names on the ballot and told us which one to mark for him. That was his purpose of action contributing his abilities and right to Vote, his voice to be heard making a positive impact. Living a value-centered life is highly rewarding and gratifying for our family.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels we all are just searching for pathways to connect and not to feel discouraged, not to feel pessimistic and not so powerless. Right now, the needs of our country, our community and citizens are right in front of our faces and we must not ignore it. Everyone is trying to tear us apart, but we need to heal now.


Sunil Tolani

Los Angeles, CA

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Letters to India Currents: 9/29/20

This is with regard to the recent article published by Dr. Majmudar,

Normalcy after the Pandemic

The article is very timely and the attention it brings to mental health, particularly of children is heartening. Children, besides their vulnerability and being at an impressionable age, have paid the highest price. We would like to hear more about what can be done by parents and communities to help them. The article sheds light on many aspects, it is brief but dense.

Have we mastered our learned lessons or will our fickle memory sequester it in oblivion?” is the question put forth by the author Dr. Majmudar.

The tragedy and loss is a  great teacher. The lessons taught by it are of a lifetime– it could be bitter or sweet. It is Our choice, what we make of it. 

One big lesson, I hope that we all learnt during these testing times is – How few are our NEEDS and how much load of WANTS we have been carrying.

In our search for independence and self-reliance we had forgotten the eternal truth – life is possible only by codependence and cooperation.

The author has done well in reminding us of our role and responsibilities. And the gratitude we all owe to those on the front line.

“The course of our actions will let us see who we are and who we are not. ”

So well stated by the author and it forces us to give a hard look at ourselves, our actions/inactions.


Vimal Nikore

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Letters to India Currents: 9/22/20

A response to the previous Letter to India Currents. 

Dear Vandana Kumar, 

Black Lives Matter, also relates to our own sordid chapter in the history of the Indian diaspora.  For those of us who arrived in the fifties, sixties and decades before, have experienced the white heat of racial discrimination, insults, and rejection like our black brothers and sisters.  The difference is that as a group we spread tentacles to connect with other brown folks for support, and pushed forward.  A friend, retired president and CEO of a silicon valley business, related his viewpoint as a matter of fact.  I saved enough, working as an engineer to buy the business and then broke the glass ceiling to reach the top.

Looking forward, most of us ended up in a better place as engineers, doctors lawyers, while giving our offsprings a head start.  African Americans, Natives Americans, and Hispanic Americans, unfortunately, suffered many more setbacks due to poor education, weak support systems, and outright discrimination. That is perhaps an oversimplification. It behooves us, however, to be sympathetic to those who are less fortunate.

If it helps, let us remind ourselves that only a generation or two ago, we were under a brutal colonial rule in India.  Most can trace their lineage to parents who fought, resisted, revolted, and gave birth to a nation called India.  I am proud to say, that my mother led Azaadi marches at the age of 15 in Bombay. For her work, she was awarded a handwoven Khadi blouse made by Kasturba. The progressive mindset is in our bloodstream.  Change for the better is natural. MLK said in his ‘I dream’ speech,  paraphrasing, I dream of the day when White, Black, Brown, will share and live together happily. Please continue to highlight progressive views, because that is the path of enlightenment, I trust the mission of India Currents.

– Satish Chohan

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Letters to India Currents: 9/15/20

Dear Vandana Kumar,

I have been an avid reader of IC for several years. I have enjoyed your magazine and website until recently. Lately, your content has been disappointing, leaving me with a bitter taste. Every week I let it pass but felt like now I had to write to you.

I find your recent content very biased, leaning towards subjects of identity, race politics, and pushing only liberal agendas. you represent the Indian American community as if we all live in California and are trendy hipsters in a protest.

I was a teacher for many years and see the enthusiasm and future of young people, but I also see a lack of experience and understanding of life’s complexities. Even though your new writers like Srishti Prabha and Kanchan Naik are good writers, their understanding is very young. And you definitely do not feature different sides of issues.

I was very disappointed when in the first week of BLM protests IC came out with a solidarity message. You pushed and keep pushing similarities between the Black and Indian communities. Please get your facts rights!!

I believe in racial equality but I also believe in the success of the American dream. While the intentions were correct, this mass movement also has an extremist, communist bent that you have not reported, instead of glorifying them. Please read Khabar Magazine’s editorial by Parthir Parekh. In spite of a very democratic outlook, he addresses extremism in this movement and presents its perils like looting, threatening, violence, lack of tolerance, communism, and lack of diverse opinions.

As an Indian American who has worked hard had been rewarded with a good life in America, I do not want to side with your views! If this country was so bad, we would not have survived here and IC would not be in business.

As media, you should be a neutral place to exchange views, especially as a community online magazine. You or your staff can have personal views on this matter but should not promote them under the name of IC.

I understand with the election year things are hot but you are not a corporation unless you are funded by agencies asking you to present only leftist and racist points of view, in that case, you might be another sell-out.

I hope you can provide more balanced content. If not, I will sadly not be logging on anymore.


Neelima Sheth

Atlanta, Ga

P.S. Being an immigrant has more complexities than just race. It is not so one dimensional.

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Letters to India Currents: 4/21/20

Dear India Currents,

To keep her self entertained my daughter draws a cartoon every day thinking about all the things that are happening around her now. Her goal, she said, is about putting a smile on someone’s face in this gloomy time. 

This is what she did yesterday, hope it puts a smile on your face as well as your readers’. I have a few more that have done rounds and people have sent lots and lots of positive comments on her details.


Dear Editor:

Please share only the positive feedback. It is already scary out there. I think it is time for some positive, upbeat information to build our immune system.

I stay positive, do not watch the news (except for PBS for half an hour a day), focus on prayers, meditation and keep my strong faith. I turn inward to draw as much strength as possible. It is not easy.


Vijaya Narasimhan

Letters to India Currents: 4/07/20

Dear India Currents, 

In these difficult times, many of us are busy worrying about and taking care of others. It is important to remember that first and foremost we also need to take good care of ourselves and to make the time for self-care and self-compassion. 

Respond to yourself in the same way you would respond to a close friend when he or she is in distress. Mindfully accept that the moment is painful, and embrace yourself with kindness and care. Be warm and understanding toward yourself. Don’t ignore your own pain or beat yourself with self-criticism. Recognize that being imperfect, failing, and experiencing life difficulties is inevitable. Be gentle with yourself.

Together, we will come out at the other end of this tunnel, into the sunshine that is temporarily eclipsed.

Take good care,

Mukund Acharya



We follow your daily updates, good—keep it up.  WE ARE IN IT, WITH YOU, WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

It has been a scary and unsettling time for everyone, and we are our part in supporting our community. Providing medical and emergency personnel with FREE rooms and at  deeply discounted rates to keep our staffs humming along with positivity.

We are grateful for the bravery and sacrifices our hotel staffs, medical personnel, Social Workers  are making to save lives and stop the spread of the Coronavirus, Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this terrible disease.

Our teams ensure rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and deeply touched by the support from the community.




Sunil Tolani

Letters to India Currents: 3/31/20

Dear Team Members, 

Your mail surely touched my heart, so simple and yet genuine.

It is a period of deep anxiety as we strictly follow the Government’s decision for all to stay indoors and maintain a fair distance from one another. Difficult perhaps for parents of young children and for several amongst us for whom a glimpse of the social world is an uncontrollable urge. But as the graph rises with  mounting casualties and still several others inflicted and convalescing, we should all take this call of Nature and tune in to its WILL: protect yourself and thereby protect nature.

Hoping good times will soon come by and the silver lining to this dark cloud will soon bring in happy sunshine.

In the meantime, thank you all for the cheerful introspection you give us.

A happy reader,

Nita (Dave) Jain, PGCTE, PhD

Hello India Currents,

Thank you for your media presence in these difficult times.  My wife and I are retired Indians, children off to their worlds and we feel blessed with good health so far and so good.  We are particularly proud of our community at large. 

Indian doctors, professionals and politicians are working in the best interest of America while holding on to our long tradition of ‘do no harm’.  

America gave us the opportunities to grow and we are now giving back in knowledge and resources we acquired. These coming months will challenge people from India.  We have unique opportunities to lift, support and lead in more creative ways that we ever imagined. 

In our small ways we are volunteering in public services in our community, and support of Sansthas like BK, Vedanta Society, Glides Church in San Francisco.  No bragging, but just a shout out for these organizations among many who are keeping their doors open despite the pandemic.  

Please continue to do what you are doing for the community and country at large.  With kind regards.

Satish and Surekha Chohan

letters to the editor

Subjective Prejudices
Vamsee Juluri on the subjective prejudices of California academics finding an outlet in textbooks makes perfect sense. However we have to admit our own inability to present our views in a convincing manner. The names India and Indus have come down to us from the times of the Greek occupation of the Punjab. It was essentially a geographical description of the river and lands beyond it. It extended sometimes even beyond the subcontinent to the islands further east. The name took on a political hue when at the time of the British engineered partition of India, Jawaharlal Nehru decided to retain it for his part of the country in preference to Muhammad Jinnah’s view that the two nations be called Pakistan and Hindustan in which case both the states could have preserved their common heritage. The name “South Asia” now serves to perpetuate the divisions of historical India.  Further if the term Hinduism refers to the collection of beliefs and practices of the Hindus, the  people of Hind or India, why would it not be applicable to ancient Hindus as well?
Srinivas Chari, Camarillo, CA

Communal Voting
Roshn Marwah, in his article (“The Ethnic Equation,” India Currents, May 2016), seems to advocate block voting by the Indian American community so that Indian American candidates win elections.
It is pure communalism to suggest that I should exclusively vote for a candidate with a name like Bhatia, Nageswaran, Goswami, or Singh just because I hail from the same part of the world as the candidate. Block voting based on one’s ethnic background is an insult to the democratic process in which one is expected to vote for a candidate solely based on the candidate’s credentials, experience, and promise.
Hem Chaudhuri, email

Poverty and India
Atanu Dey’s analysis was thought provoking (“A Misplaced Sense of Pride,”India Currents, May 2016). Often, people take pride over the performance of NRIs particularly in the United States and other western countries. It is good that the author has reminded us that there are NRIs in the Gulf countries  who are not as comfortable as their counterparts in the western world. Many of them have come to work here in inhospitable conditions, after borrowing money or selling their parental properties or their agriculture lands. But this has been the story over the years.

Human beings move from less developed areas to more developed areas and that is the picture emerging when we look at the floating population in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Benguluru or even Ludhiana. The end result is that some areas remain undeveloped or underdeveloped and this is the reason why India’s villages and smaller towns are looking deserted and some of them even forgotten. The author has appropriately ended the analysis by observing that it is time for Mr. Modi to stop congratulating NRIs abroad and work hard to bring rural India out of poverty. Let India become a land of opporunities so that we stop chest thumping over the NRI syndrome.
Suresh Mandan, CA

Atanu Dey’s article (“A Misplaced Sense of Pride,” India Currents, May 2016) rightly places the blame on the successive governments in India.

However, let us examine the economic status of India in 1947, which came into being as an amalgamation of over five hundred princely states and territories directly ruled by the  British. As the current Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor pointed out in his last year’s Oxford debate, India’s share of the world economy which was 23% at the time of the arrival of the British was reduced to 3% when they left. As a result India was left with a large base of the population that was poor. It is also important to note that India choosing to be a democracy could not let the government order a redistribution of wealth, unlike countries like China.

Regarding the misplaced sense of pride that Atanu Dey refers to, pride in the extraordinary achievements of thousands of Indian professionals and entrepreneurs cannot be denied whether it was in India or overseas. Even as Prime Minister Modi congratulated the Indian diaspora in his speeches, there must have been a tug in his heart for the conditions of the poor in India just as Dr. Dey felt. Still, the government administrations in India can not escape the responsibility of not having done more to alleviate the utter poverty in the country.
Nagaraja Rao, Fremont, CA

The die-hard nature of the Indian (or is it South Asian) psyche underlies two articles of different perspectives and tenor in the May 2016 issue of India Currents. In a lighter vein, Gauri Sirur (“Are You Really Saving Those Seats?”) describes the experience of finding a seat in a cinema hall screening a Hindi movie. At Indian music concerts held in the Bay Area, the writer has observed a flaring of tempers and high pitched arguments over “towel” reserved seats. The reservation is involuntary in some cases to provide for the eventuality of late coming friends and relatives!

Atanu Dey in his article (“A Misplaced Sense of Pride”) is angry at India’s failure in providing opportunities and encouraging entrepreneurs. The underlying Indian trait seems to be “finding fault” with others and the system, and a troubling subconscious guilt.

The following points are missed by Dey: i) The government is an elected body and if people “voted with their feet,” who is to be blamed? ii) The remittances of the hard-working labor force in the Middle East far exceeds the money sent home by NRIs from the United States or other industrialized nations. iii) The highly successful India-educated elites ride on a well-established system, which was already in place and for which they carry no credit. iv) Many NRIs in the United States are U.S. citizens, and possess an  OCI or PIO card, and have no qualms in using their old Indian ration cards on their visits to India!
 Arun Sekar, Retired Professor, Morgan Hill

letters to the editor

A Full Package
This is regarding the cover story by Geetika Pathania Jain (“Erasing the Accent”India Currents, April 2016). I love Priyanka Chopra and her evolution as an actress. Specifically I like her roles in Barfi, Mary Kom and Bajirao Mastani. She has played diverse roles and is a full package. I am blown away by her role inQuantico, which I have watched from Day 1.

Though, I feel as though the show is getting boring by the episode with the writers’ efforts to keep it continuously mysterious. I agree with all the points made in the article. I just wished the article had been shorter. Brevity is the soul of wit.

When depicting Asians, Hollywood has moved from pure Chinese/Asian gangs/martial arts type to Middle East terrorists since 24 (I loved that show). For many in Hollywood, it seems as though all brown people are terrorists and Priyanka Chopra made a good call by accepting the Quantico role and playing it the way she has.
Madan Ahluwalia, online

Great story on Quantico and Priyanka Chopra by Geetika Pathania Jain. I’ve watched 10-15 minutes of Quantico, so I don’t know enough to comment on it. Regarding Persis Khambatta, who is mentioned in the beginning, while the author either explicitly or implicitly identifies Muslims and Hindus as such, she gives no indication that Persis Khambatta was a Parsi. So in a way she does what she wishes Quantico’s creator/producer Joshua Safran had not done to the Alex Parrish character played by Priyanka Chopra. Our miniscule Parsi community is accustomed to its erasure from the identity of international stars such as Freddie Mercury, and in general I don’t much care for labels, but in a piece about diversity maybe it would have been appropriate to mention her  community somewhere?
Sohrab Homi Fracis, online

How Much is Enough?
Ashok Jethanandani’s essay “Got Water?” (“Got Water?” India Currents, April 2016) offers some sound ayurvedic advice about drinking water. In particular, it emphasizes the importance of drinking the optimum amount of water.

However, achieving an optimum level of hydration in practice can be tricky. Since our water needs may vary considerably from day to day, we need a strong and reliable signal that guides us continuously towards that optimum. Even though nature has provided such a signal (thirst), it doesn’t always work well for everybody. For some people, the thirst signal may be impaired—by sickness, stress, or age. Others may overlook it for a variety of reasons—they may be too busy at work, they may be traveling, or they may lack easy access to good drinking water. And some people may drink only a few quick sips of water from a water fountain thinking (erroneously) that they have quenched their thirst adequately.

Given these practical challenges, it would be helpful to have an additional signal to warn us when our body’s water needs have been neglected for too long. Fortunately, such a signal exists. Paying close attention to that signal may even prevent a potential episode of severe dehydration (a medical emergency).

That signal is the quantity and color of your urine. To use this signal effectively, observe the normal quantity and color of your urine on days when you are feeling well-hydrated, healthy, and energetic. After that, whenever the quantity of your urine output decreases significantly, or its color darkens noticeably, treat it as a warning that your body may be dehydrated. Promptly increase your water intake until the urine output becomes normal again.

In summary, if you can consistently drink the right amount of water using your primary (thirst) signal alone, that is wonderful. If not, be aware of the secondary (urine) warning signal and treat it with the respect it deserves. Your body will be glad you did.
Vijay Gupta, Cupertino, CA

A Rose By Any Other Name
Regarding the April editorial by Jaya Padmanabhan (“Get the Spelling of Gandhi Right, Please!” India Currents, April 2016) A proper noun never succumbs to any spelling error. A rose by any name would smell the same. Gandhi with any spelling would designate “The Mahatma.” So, why are we so unnecessarily irritated?
Mohammed Shoaib, Anaheim, CA

Unfamiliar words are parsed according to known words. Americans, for example, may hear a “handi” in the word Gandhi. Imagine saying Gandhi like an American. And that’s why they make that mistake in the spelling of Gandhi.

I have always had non-Indians mispronouncing my name. They parse it as “At-a-noo”, not “Ata-noo.” The syllable “at” is common to English speakers. Latin speakers can at least pronounce the Hindi dental “t.”
Atanu Dey, CA

I was amused to read the editorial in the April issue of India Currents in which Jaya Padmanabhan made a reference to my uncle T. N. Zutshi, an Indian who traveled to East Berlin in 1960 wearing a placard proclaiming, “The first step toward freedom: Get rid of your fear and speak the truth!”

I didn’t even know about him having made it to the Berlin Black Box Museum. Thank you for your refreshing editorials which I never miss reading.
 Jeevan Zutshi, CA

I enjoyed reading the article on Gandhi. One of the least known facts about Gandhi is that almost every country issues a postage stamp on him except Pakistan and/or China. I have pretty much 95% of those postage stamps.
Shukoor Ahmed, MD