Letters to the Editor – December 2021

 

Inspiring articles

The article ‘Words for the future’ (October issue) is truly an inspiring piece since I have always been passionate about literacy. This is one project where the impact of the results will create better human beings and better leaders as well. The participation of the GoI with Rotary is a welcome sign of many more meaningful projects getting the right visibility. We have a lot to cover in literacy.

Vivek Khandelwal, RC Deonar — D 3141

RI Prez ­Shekhar Mehta has rightly ­compared TRF to the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, in his message to Rotarians.

We can also ­compare this relationsip to that of the unselfish love of a mother (Rotary ­Foundation) towards her children (humanity).

Piyush Doshi, RC Belur — D 3291

I am happy to see the article A Rotary hospice in Hyderabad at a cost of ₹14 crore. RC Banjara Hills set up the hospice as a home for ­terminally ill patients by ­constructing a 60,000 sqft ­building. Club president Vikas Ranga says that they had worked on this big project in a phased manner. Happy to note that this hospice accommodates around 4,000 patients.

N Jagatheesan, RC Eluru — D 3020

Good coverage on addiction menace

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The cover photo in the November issue is fantastic as it exhibits pictures of almost all addiction materials visible at a glance. Kudos to the Editor for such an innovative cover picture.

I was really saddened to know the passing away of PRID Sushil Gupta who was a man of integrity, and will always be remembered by the Rotary world. RI President Mehta’s comparison of TRF to the Taj Mahal is exemplary. The Editor’s note details several addictions in children and Rotary’s efforts to combat this evil. The detailed cover story is an eyeopener.

RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi gives us a good account of Rotary’s efforts in eradicating polio. The article Building a fairer, inclusive, sustainable society during pandemic, by PRIP Rajendra Saboo is worth reading. Kudos to RC Haripad for their yeoman service to society by providing hearing aids to so many people. Photos of Polio Day celebrations by Rotary India are superb.

Glad to read Rtn Benjamin List got the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. All other articles are of good calibre. Congrats to the editorial team for their dedication and sustained efforts in bringing out an excellent magazine.

Philip Mulappone M T, RC Trivandrum Suburban — D 3211

Drug addiction is a complex disease that results from a number of factors such as genetic predisposition, history of violence at home and stress. The November editorial covered various types of addictions in youth. Researchers were able to identify the factors that lead to drug abuse. Understanding the root causes of drug addiction is one of the best ways to provide effective treatment and rehabilitation.

K M K Murthy, RC Secunderabad — D 3150

The Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention (RAG-AP) under the leadership of PRIP Kalyan Banerjee is working hard over the last three years in fighting substance abuse among the youth, as detailed in the November cover story. The hard work put in by Rotarians will help this RAG succeed in its goals.

Editor Rasheeda Bhagat has penned a nice piece titled ‘Combating addiction the Rotary way’. The tragedy is that our youth are first addicted to tobacco from 9–14 years, and then take to drugs of various kinds. RI President Mehta in his message has pointed out that Rotarians are capable of accomplishing much greater projects for the betterment of humanity. He wants us to transform our collective passion into projects that change lives.

Our greetings to the six recipients of the People of Action: Champions of Girls’ Empowerment Award. Happy to learn that they will be honoured on Rotary Day at UNICEF in March.

S Muniandi, RC Dindigul Fort — D 3000

The editorial Combating addiction the Rotary way was an eyeopener to the public; while the article RC Chennai Bharathi aims to empower 1,000 girls was magnificent. The report RC Haripad spreads cheer through hearing aids by ­Rasheeda Bhagat was nice, especially the photo of local MLA Remesh Chennithala fitting a hearing aid on a beneficiary. Kiran’s report Supporting girls and women was interesting as RC Bombay ­Seaside is holding self-defence workshops at schools and slums.

The cover photo in the October issue — a child with a congenital heart defect being treated at the Sathya Sai Hospital — is ­heartbreaking. The Editor’s note on girls’ empowerment is interesting to read. Congrats to RC Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh for their humanitarian service. Kiran Zehra’s article Rotarians feted for Covid relief work is excellent. Team Rotary News’s article Focus on Women’s Wellness is good. Nice to know that RID 3080 has provided decent seating facilities for school children.

Daniel Chittilappilly, RC Kaloor — D 3201

Thanks to the Editor for the cover photo of a brain surrounded by various substances. This picture is in consonance with the recently held COP26 summit in Glasgow where all the world leaders were hopeful of meeting the low carbon ­emission targets in the coming years. Rotary clubs are taking up massive tree plantation drives, a right step towards creating Green Minds. I congratulate the editorial team for flashing an idea for a better world to live in. Let us Rotarians contribute towards eliminating hunger and working for better health and humanity.

Abhay Kishore Sandwar, RC Dhanbad Midtown — D 3250

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