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I am writing in response to the review of the film City of Joy, which appeared in The Tech recently ["Swayze shines in the thoughtful, yet overly optimistic City of Joy," Apr. 17]. I saw the preview of the movie, screened by LSC, and on the whole found it entertaining and reasonably factual. Personally, I liked their portrayal of the cultural themes as well as facts of life in India: close ties among family, the value of education, the economic struggle, and the struggle against corruption.

However, I worry that a movie such as this will give a Western audience a stereotyped, gloomy picture of India. It will reinforce the negative image, in the popular mind, of India as a country of perpetual poverty and misery.

Imagine a situation in which the only images people unfamiliar with reality in the United States saw related to the struggles of a single parent against poverty, drugs, and crime.

I really think that the Western audience should get to see images of the other India: one that launches its own satellites and has a substantial industrial infrastructure and advanced manufacturing capabilities. Without a positive image, India will never attract the massive amounts of industrial investment she needs to solve the problems she faces. Movies such as the City of Joy do not help in that endeavor.

Bala Subramaniam G