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`Respected' is nice way of ministers' correspondence

Fri, Jun 17, 2016, 02:12 PM
The Times of India online survey on Dear for Smriti Irani, Union Human Resources Minister, has come out with interesting details.

Q. Smriti Irani recently objected to being addressed as `Dear Smritiji' by a minister (of Bihar). Is using dear when writing to a woman sexist? Eighty-two per cent people said no, 18% said yes.

Asked how good to address a woman, 31% said `Hai', Dear 35%, 30% said `Hello', and `Respected' 14%.

How to end a letter, email? `Yours sincerely/faithfully ' 16%, `Regards' 69%, and `Best' or `Cheers' said the rest.

Smriti has raised a pertinent point. When formal letters to ministers are begun with `Respected' or `Sir/Madam', the Bihar Minister could take a leaf out of the survey.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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