is causing enormous loss to the exchequer. The government must strictly check illegal mining to safeguard national wealth and ensure that offenders are punished.
Subhash Vaid, Delhi
Heritage is not a foreign concept
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article Up at Downing St (Sunday Sentiments, March 18), it is fascinating to learn about the British sense of history and heritage while feeling miserable about our own callous approach. However, an imaginative prime minister, with the right perspective, can still change the way we view our history.
M Ratan, Delhi
It is Ma, Mamata, mercurial
With reference to the article Call Mamata’s bluff (Chanakya, March 18), West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s whimsical and eccentric ways have gone too far. By pulling the plug on former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, she has signalled to her party members what will happen to them if they take any initiative. The UPA, as usual, acquiesced without a murmur. The Congress must rein in its allies if it wants to govern with honour, dignity and credibility.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Mamata Banerjee can’t be both a part of governance and protests at the same time. Coalition politics has become a volatile mix of corruption and blackmail, which affects the national interest in the long run. While Banerjee is simple, forthright and honest, her mercurial temper might prove to be her undoing.
BM Singh, via email
I endorse the point of view that Banerjee’s bluff must be called. She cannot hold the government to ransom at will. The Congress-led UPA will be up for elections in another two years. It is up to Manmohan Singh now whether he wants to be remembered as one who stood up to the likes of Banerjee.
Bal Govind, Noida
Not really missions impossible
In his article Off with his head! (Loose Canon, March 18), Manas Chakravarty is right in mentioning that despite many welfare schemes, the economic condition of the poor has not improved over the decades. Only 10-15% of the project funds end up reaching the right destination. The government must take appropriate measures to control this leakage and cure the country’s financial mismanagement.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar
She’s here, she’s there...
Indrajit Hazra in Ma, mati, mystery (Red Herring, March 18) rightly sheds light on the nefarious way in which Mamata Banerjee ensured Dinesh Trivedi’s exit from the railway ministry. The way Banerjee shelved parliamentary procedures contravenes her promises of smooth governance. Instead of constantly flexing her muscles, she must concentrate on delivering on her pre-poll assurances to the people of West Bengal.
Ramesh Sinha, via email
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee doesn’t need any strategy to raise her TRPs. Her actions and skills are enough to accomplish that aim. For proof, check the March 18 edition of Hindustan Times that devoted almost three-fourth of Reflections to articles in which Banerjee is the focal point. Needless to say, again a conspiracy by Manas Chakravarty, Indrajit Hazra and Chanakya.
Ashok Madan, via email
We have to defend the word
Khushwant Singh in Ban on books, UP’s caste politics and Sikh pride (With Malice Towards One and All, March 18) makes a pertinent point about not banning books. Such bigoted moves are an infringement on personal liberty.
RM Deshpande, Mumbai