Letters to the Editor – June 2017 issue

In the April issue it gave me immense happiness to go through the outstanding work being done by PRID Shekhar Mehta, RILM Chair. The Rotary South Asia Literacy ­Summit gives just a glimpse of the ­tremendous efforts and work being done by ­Mehta’s team in the field of Literacy.

The presence of ­eminent persons like HRD ­Minister Prakash Javadekar and Nobel Peace laureate ­Kailash Satyarthi at the summit speaks volumes of the Literacy work being done by Rotarians.

I personally feel happy because in my college days, his father Sumer Chand Mehta and I were ­neighbours and close friends. The fact that my friend’s son is doing such a great job as a Rotarian in the field of literacy fills my heart with happiness. I pray for his success in his efforts.

B R Agarwal, RC Siliguri Midtown — D 3240

The article Make peace with your aversions in the April issue is well-­written by Bharat and Shalan Savur. The subject is good so please convey my thanks to the authors.

RK Sudarsan Babu, RC Central Mulbhagal — D 3190 

Thank you very much for the article A Rotary clinic ensures safe ­pregnancy (March issue) on the Rotary Club of ­Belgaum’s project on mother and child health. “Reaching the Unreached”.

It’s a great honour for our club that you have published our project in Rotary News, a prestigious and widely read magazine. This has boosted our morale and motivated us to do more service projects like this in the near future.

Dr Satish Dhamankar, President, RC Belgaum — D 3170

A jewel in the crown

My compliments to you and your team for making Rotary News truly a jewel in the crown. Good going.

Sanjay Bhatia RC Chandigarh Midtown — D 3080

Let’s settle magazine dues

I was taken aback after reading the facts and figures in the message Pay up your magazine dues by RI Director Manoj Desai in the May issue. It’s true that in India many news ­magazines are facing  financial crisis and on the verge of closure.

But as far as our Rotary News is ­concerned, we as true Rotarians, ­appreciating the  ­excellent work done by its Editor ­Rasheeda Bhagat and her team, must ­follow the 4-Way Test and pledge to give all ­pending dues at the earliest to take this ­quality ­publication to a commendable height.

Piyush Doshi, RC Belur — D 3291

All the articles in the May issue made for riveting reading. One looks in awe at all the good work Rotary is doing around the world and benefitting thousands of people through its various projects. This is ­possible due to the stalwart Rotarians who give ­generously their time and money for these projects, and whose Rotary careers you have highlighted so well in the ­magazine. The articles on ikkat and cashew were ­interesting. Thank you for making me feel proud to be a Rotarian.

Jaya Savanur, RC Hubli Midtown — D 3170

All the articles and information provided in the May issue are good. Particularly, RI Director Manoj Desai’s letter Pay up your magazine dues is very important and a ­notable message to all Rotarians.

Devarajan K, RC Coimbatore East — D 3201

Young Wins ambassador inspires


Congrats to the ­Editorial team for bringing out a ­wonderful May issue which has many inspirational ­articles like A charming young WinS ­ambassador,which describes the efforts of K P Suchitra in the ­construction of toilets in her village. Charity is my ­passion is a gift from the start to finish; A ­Three-star School at Palra and other articles are superb. All are ­motivational stories that shore up the image of Rotary.

The reporting by Rasheeda, Jaishree and others really touches the hearts of the ­readers. A salute to your team for publishing such ­valuable Rotary articles.

H M Harish, RC Vijayanagar — D 3181

Your discovery of K P Suchitra (Editorial, May issue, and the inside article) is undoubtedly an inspirational and living example of how children in India are showing their individual strengths and attempting impossible targets in an era where adults lack this quality. In this way, great leaders are born and surely Suchitra is one of them. I salute her for her initiative.

Arun Kumar Dash, RC Baripada — D 3262

A delightful cover photo

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I received the May issue of Rotary News and was absolutely thrilled to see such a warm and delightful cover photo of Trustee Sushil Gupta and Vinitaji. Having known Trustee Sushil from the time he was nominated RI ­Director, I can ­confidently say that you have captured the essence of the human being he is and also his multi-faceted personality in his profile. Well done Rasheeda!

PDG Gulam A Vahanvaty, RC Bombay — D 3141

Too many pictures of senior leaders


Recent issues of Rotary News have been publishing too many photos of Indian Rotary leaders, making us feel as though we are ­reading a club bulletin! The April issue has so many pictures of Kalyanda, Rajaji, Sushilji, Dr Manoj Desai, Shekharji, P T ­Prabhakar and Basker. Of course I am not against any of these greats who constantly inspire us. They have obviously not told the editorial team to put in so many of their pictures. This is just an observation and not a complaint.

Anyway, fortunately the best still remains… the top quality of articles and their diversity still makes Rotary News remarkably readable to the last page, no doubt! ­Congratulations for that… and I mean it.

Dr Lucky S Kasat PP, RC Thane Hills — D 3142

Apparently this has been a complaint with Rotary News for long years, but ­fortunately first in my 33 months as Editor! The ­explanation is simple; the April issue reported two mega events — the South Asia ­Literacy ­Summit and Disha, the ­all-in-one ­training programme for DGEs. Also, while ­carrying pictures of ­Literacy heroes who have done amazing work, and MoUs being signed, the Rotary India ­tradition of calling so many senior leaders on the stage, is reflected in the pictures.


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