Dangal wows the dragon
This refers to the report “How Aamir Khan’s Dangal has given India, China a common cause to work on amidst OBOR concerns: Chinese media explains” (FE, June 15). Even though there are political dangals between the two neighbours, there are strong cultural relations between the two nations. Can we forget Dr. Kotnis who travelled to China for the treatment of sick people there? Every Indian restaurant serves Chinese food—be it noodles,or schezwan rice. As children, we used to buy Chinese lanterns during the festival of lights—Diwali. Chinese are living all over India. Indian students are learning Chinese language, for better prospects. There is biltateral trade between the two nations. A lot of Indians are living in Hong Kong,now a part of China. Indian and Chinese actors work in each other’s movies. The Chinese watch Bollywood movies. Chinese actor Jackie Chan is popular in India. Bollywood movies entering the Rs 100-crore club is no novelty anymore—a non-English movie like Dangal crossing $300-million overseas is a new milestone. Culture has no borders and the success of Dangal has proved this. Chinese products are sold in India, and now Indian movies are catching the fancy of the Chinese people.
— Deendayal M Lulla, via email
The ECI’s seeking contempt powers for itself is not alarming. Freedom of expression is grossly abused by parties who lose elections and blame the election commission as partisan and cast irresponsible slurs on it. This tantamounts to “harming a public servant on duty”. The provisions of law relating to offences and corrupt practices under section 322/33/353 make this a cognisable offence. Without such safeguard, the ECI will become a toothless relic.
— S Vasudevan, Secunderabad