Not having to pay for its use only waters down conservation efforts
Abhijit Patnaik in India’s water warriors (March 22) gives us an insight into how people are conserving water. Thanks to the country’s burgeoning population and misuse, and overuse, of water, India is becoming a water-scarce nation and the data given in the article gives ample proof of this. The government and people must work together towards developing better water conservation methods, as natural resources cannot be taken for granted. While charging for water use is a politically sensitive issue, someone will have to take that call soon because only imposing some kind of user charge will not stop its misuse.
Ruchi Singhal, via email
Bhagat Singh was a humanist
In his article An unfinished legacy (March 23), S Irfan Habib correctly highlights that Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s actions against colonial oppression garnered so much national attention that his writings have been virtually ignored. This could have happened because he espoused atheism, which did not have much support in Indian society at that time. The martyr’s unifying views based on secularism, humanism and social justice are relevant today to counter the politics of polarisation.
Sudipta Das, via email
Listening but not learning
With reference to the editorial Flying in the face of facts (Our Take, March 22), media reports say that the Indian ambassador to Norway had consistently briefed officials in New Delhi about the marital discord between Anurup Bhattacharya and his wife Sagarika. So why did the ministry of external affairs not listen to their man in Norway and rush a senior officer to that country?
MC Joshi, Lucknow