Letters to the Editor – April 2021

Inspirational ­interview

The interview with RIPE Shekhar Mehta titled Living the dreams was inspiring. He was humble to say that he never sought anything in Rotary and at the same time, he never said ‘no’ to anything. He made it clear that an RI President, in a short duration of one year, can’t be expected to make drastic changes in the organisation but can definitely motivate the 1.2 million members to serve the community ­better. I like his thought that the position of club president is the best job he or she can have in a Rotary year. There were many more impressive answers in the interview that made us to infer that leaders in an organisation have to empower themselves with clear-cut ideas while accepting responsibilities and ­motivate people with a sense of purpose, knowledge and righteousness of heart.

We are proud that in our RIPE, we have that sort of leadership. There is no doubt that all his dreams, including membership increase to 1.3 million at the world-level will become a reality.

R Srinivasan, RC Madurai Midtown — D 3000

A great literacy project

The article about Ravishankar Dakoju, past president of RC Bangalore Orchards, donating books to the Central Library in Panaji was worth reading. We appreciate club president Carlito Martins who quickly arranged to distribute the books to the Central Library in Panaji. Hats off to Dakoju for his noble gesture, this is really one of the best literacy projects.

N Jagatheesan, RC Eluru — D 3020

The article Coimbatore’s ‘gear man’ who did selfless service is interesting. It would be apt if a local Rotary club gets involved to add value to the public and support the needy. This would not only enhance Rotary’s public image, but also attract new members. A photo of Subramanian, the brain behind SSS, should have been a part of the article.

Dr M V Ravikumar, RC Bangalore Koramangala — D 3190

TCA Srinivasa Raghavan in his LBW column (of Editors… and their whims) has rightly highlighted the thoughts of young journalists who step into the profession. The articles and features are always edited either in line with the mindset of the editor or to fit into the publisher’s scheme of things, else there may be loss of the advertisement revenue.

Koka Dayanand, RC Nellore — D 3160

In the Feb issue the article Make every drop count is meant for everyone in India. Rotary clubs should create awareness on water conservation by distributing pamphlets of this article. People can pitch in with their tips and solutions on social media, which can also do much for the environment.

Dr Anil P Sohni, RC Dondaicha Seniors — D 3060

Gearing up for digital age

RI President Holger Knaack has rightly asked us to ‘embrace the digital age’ in his address at the zone institute (Feb issue). ­Trustee Chair K R Ravindran assures us that the ­pandemic will open up new ­opportunities for Rotary to grow. The article ‘Make every drop count’ highlights tips on water conservation which is the need of the hour. The write-up on the need for clubs to have PAN cards and become KYC compliant is timely.

The article about organ donation by Srikanth’s parents and A simple but meaningful project for tribal girls in Maharashtra are commendable.

Dr Pon Muthaiyan, RC Aduthurai — D 2981

Rotary Plus: Keep going

I congratulate you for bringing out a fabulous edition of Rotary Plus every month. One comes to know about different projects that clubs do across India and it helps in planning some of our club projects.

V G Deodhar, RC Nasik — D 3030

Rotary Plus gives great ideas and motivation to Rotarians to do social and noble work in their districts.

T D Bhatia, RC Delhi Mayur Vihar — RID 3012


A remarkable issue


A cute little girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, with innocence written all over her face on a bicycle is so pleasing to see on the March issue cover. A pat to the person who chose this picture.

RI President Holger Knaack has highlighted the relationship between Rotarians and Rotaractors. I would vouch for his statement, as I have been associated with RYLA in our club since 1979–80 until last year without a break. I, at 80-plus, became young and energetic, on all three days at the RYLA venue.

Your editorial justifiably touches World Women’s Day and the reference to Angela Merkel, a leader with a difference, is appropriate. We hope to have a lot of new things in Rotary under the leadership of Jennifer Jones in 2022–23. In our club, we have had only one woman president so far in Khursheed Majeed, and we have as an incoming president, Rajee Dhanasekaran.

Looking at the picture of Pakistan PM Imran Khan I am prompted to share with you that we had a joint meeting with RC Lahore Garrison, Pakistan, which was very lively. Your box item — How polio funds are spent — makes us feel satisfied that we are doing god’s work.

RIPE Shekhar Mehta’s call to his governors to “serve to change lives,” giving a roadmap for the year ahead with special focus on empowering girls is remarkable.

Other articles including those on Zambia Malaria, donation of books to Goa library, Karur War Memorial, Coimbatore Gear Man, opportunities for Indian pharma and sustainable global peace and contributions from Team Rotary News make the content interesting for many hours of reading at home.

Nan Narayenen, RC Madurai West — D 3000

Glad to see that Rukhsar, who is 11 years now, was presented with a ­bicycle by RC Howrah. Rotary has made commendable progress in almost eradicating polio from the world. The Gates Foundation’s assistance is praiseworthy in this respect. Thanks to the editor for the full polio report which is very informative.

RI President Holger Knaack has ­explained the necessity for Rotarians to join hands with Rotaractors to open endless ­opportunities. The editorial describes different styles of leadership qualities in Angela Merkel of Germany and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand.

Both RI directors, in the Directors message, stress the importance of water and proper sanitation. The ­article on Coimbatore’s gear man by Jaishree is ­interesting. The feature on Afghanistan and India’s help in rebuilding it is praiseworthy. The story of Asha, the queen of bold, brassy, peppy melodies of olden times is riveting.

Philip Mulapone M T, RC Trivandrum Suburban — D 3211

I am pleased to see Rukhsar Khatoon riding a bicycle on the cover of the March issue. God bless her with a bright future. My heartfelt greetings to RC Howrah for gifting her a bicycle.

Ramakrishna, RC Puttur — D 3181

The article Afghanistan where India is loved and respected is interesting. Your observation that the Afghan woman is most persecuted in her own home and her father, brother and husband are the people who torture her the most was very disturbing. I appreciate your writing which makes Rotary News eminently readable.

Abhijit Joag, RC Pune South — D 3131

Excellent magazine


Thank you for sharing your ­excellent magazine for March 2021. It has some ­excellent articles which I hope to share with members of my Rotary club.

PRIP Wilf Wilkinson

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