Compromise with Consequences

I just finished going through India Currents. There are several pieces worth commenting on but I am going to confine myself to the editorial. (Trust with Limits, India Currents, May 2013).

It’s normal, natural and acceptable that there be some trust. It can’t be “implicit,” as you maintain. However, Western society is influencing India and Indians at a rate faster than sound, if not light. In any case, there has never been any time or era, or generation when parents could have trusted their children implicitly. This is because of human nature, especially with teens.

Growing up with distractions, peer pressure, a sense of adventure and freedom, irrelevant attractions, trying to prove themselves, averse to listening to “lectures” from parents or other elders, and many other “compelling reasons” are supposed to be responsible for breaking the trust. But to me there can be no compromise. You can’t take chances as sometimes there might not be another chance.

This may be an overreaction from an overcautious parent but any compromise with restrictions does not work, and will never work unless you are prepared to compromise with consequences.

Yatindra Bhatnagar, San Leandro, CA

A Perfect Creation

Vijay Gupta’s letter (A Supplementary Diet, India Currents, April 2013) is revealing and realistic. It is shocking to know that “over 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse reactions to FDA approved drugs that were prescribed by a doctor and used as directed.” His suggestions are noteworthy.

I believe that man’s body is a perfect creation. From conception to death every thing can function nicely without artificial intervention. Food itself is medicine and supplement if taken judiciously. People know very little about nutrition except that they should meet the doctor whenever they fall ill without knowing that it can be rectified by minute alterations in diet.

Gupta’s suggestion that everybody should “get more educated about their own health and nutrition” is excellent advice and should serve as a reminder to us all.

T. N. P. Naidu, Cupertino, CA

Chronicles of Our History

Regarding the article on Partition, (Harnessing the Power of Stories, India Currents, April 2013), amazing work by Guneeta Singh Bhalla and her team. It is nice to know details of our past and it is especially heartbreaking to read the tales of displacement that haven’t been remedied. I pause to wonder if religion exists to build relations or to destroy lives and countries.

Lolita Fernandes, online

Moral Brakes

This is with reference to the picture that appeared with the article on wine. (Kamasutra Wine, India Currents, February 2013). My concern was with the published photo—it appears as if Lord Ganesha is seated in front of a nude woman. While I accept your position that no disrespect was intended, I am disappointed that the editorial guard was dropped in this instance.

Lord Ganesha is the most popular of all Hindu deities and is widely worshipped by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, all over the world. He is revered and plays an important role in all Hindu ceremonies and rituals. He is considered playful and fun and his elephant head adds to this image of his playfulness.

Under the guise of freedom of expression, we take on the defensive position of “art in the eyes of the beholder.” That does not and should not absolve us from our individual responsibilities to function morally and ethically. Your magazine is read widely, and I believe you bear the responsibility to filter out through an editorial process, material that may be misleading, offensive or lacking in good taste.

If I may quote from your recent well written editorial, (Trust with Limits, India Currents, May 2013) “Largely, it is a question of limits. Realization of personal character has to do with limits that are placed on us by our parents, friends, neighbors, well-wishers and detractors. These limits often act as moral brakes …”

Taking a cue from that editorial, I consider you to be the one to set the limit in matters of this nature.

Nanda Senathi, Redondo Beach, CA

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