An aspiring superpower with nothing on its plate for the poor
This refers to the report India lags behind Pak, China in war against hunger: Report (October 12). It is shameful for India that claims to be an emerging superpower to have the largest number of undernourished
people in the world. It is ironical that during every election the poor are promised that foodgrains will be made available to them at che-aper rates and millions of people still go to bed hungry every night. Despite having a public distribution system (PDS) in place, its benefits do not percolate down to the poorest of the poor as it is riddled with corruption. We need a mechanism to curb graft and stop the pilferage of foodgrains.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Debilitating politics of blackmail
Sunil Kanwar in No real vision in sight (October 12) has rightly analysed the relationship between political stability and economic growth. It is unfortunate that in the garb of coalition dharma, political parties hold the government to ransom with the threat of withdrawing support. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's pullout from the UPA government is a case in point. A two-party system or a cap on the number of political parties can ensure political stability and smooth functioning of the government.
Murari Chaturvedi, via email
Breeding trouble for ourselves
The editorial A shot at prevention (October 11) rightly says that the government and civic authorities wait for several hospitalisations and a few deaths before declaring any plan to tackle the problem of diseases like malaria, chikungunya, dengue, etc. It is appalling that in this weather, which is conducive to mosquito-breeding, domestic breeding checkers have not been paid by civic agencies leading to poor attendance. It's high time the government got down to its job.
T Singh, via email