Sir — Although fan fiction provides fans with a platform to continue engaging with their favourite stories, a line must be drawn between adaptation and vandalism. The upcoming publication of fan fiction involving the popular sleuth, Feluda, has divided readers. While one side is willing to indulge in the whimsy of the new narrative, the other, justifiably, is outraged at the mauling of the original storyline with the introduction of a wife for Feluda and his prospective honeymoon. Instead of pandering to sensationalism and providing cheap thrills, perhaps the author should create a new fictional detective.
Soham Pal, Calcutta
Sir — Indo-Canadian ties have suffered owing to the Canadian government’s tolerance of Khalistani elements who pose a threat to India (“India pulls visa
plug on Canada”, Sept 22). The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has further complicated the matter with his latest allegations against the Indian government. Despite the lack of any concrete evidence about the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Trudeau has accused India of being involved in a State-sponsored assassination. India needs to stand firm against this accusation.
Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai
Sir — Diplomatic ties between India and Canada are important for both countries but especially for the former as lakhs of Indian students, workers and entrepreneurs reside in Canada. However, Khalistanis in Canada are tarnishing India’s image globally by instigating separatist sentiments. Instead of providing patronage to destabilising elements, the Justin Trudeau-led government must take strict action. Several Khalistani groups operate in Canada and have created an atmosphere of terror for Indian residents there. Providing refuge to terrorists can cause Canada more harm in the future.
N. Mateeni, Mumbai
Sir — India has gained the upper hand in the tension with Canada by cancelling visas and depriving Canada of an international workforce. But the real sufferers of this deteriorating bilateral relationship are students who have travelled to Canada for education. Rising tensions could lead fewer Indian students to opt for courses in Canada.
Jayanthy C.K. Maniam, Mumbai
Sir — Despite the worsening Indo-Canadian ties, the Indian government’s priority should be the safety of the students studying in Canadian institutes.
Muhammad Hassan, Mumbai
Sir — The escalation in animosity with Canada points to the failure of India’s foreign policy. Narendra Modi’s foreign tours and the G20 Summit’s so-called success did little besides boosting the prime minister’s image within the country. Sensitive issues seem to have been imprudently handled by our foreign ministry.
Many Indians have been peacefully residing in Canada owing to its generous policies and well-paid jobs. The country offers some of the best facilities to immigrants. India and Canada must amicably mend the fissures.
Tharcius S. Fernando, Chennai
Sir — Kiriteshwari, a village in Murshidabad, has received the title of “Best Tourism Village of India”. This is a lesser-known shaktipith and the village is named after the 1,000-year-old Kiriteshwari temple, which was renovated by King Darpanarayan Roy of Lalgola. Although a popular spot, the village suffers from underdevelopment, especially when it comes to communication and lodging. Hopefully, the recognition will earn it the attention it needs to advance economically.
D. Bhattacharyya, Calcutta