Not all NGOs stall development
This refers to Zia Haq's article NGOs under the scanner (360 degree, March 4). In India, NGOs have been working for years in different sectors and no one has ever raised the issue of motivated protests. However, that does not mean that all NGOs are clean. Instead of targeting all of them, the government must try to find the ones that are creating unnecessary roadblocks. It seems Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is too sensitive about the country's civilian nuclear programme.
Anil Sharma, via email
It is unfair to call NGOs speed-breakers in development. They represent the voice of the people against policies of the State that may at times be faulty and exploitative.
DR Gulati, via e-mail
People's voice must be heard
With reference to the article The future's in talkies (Chanakya, March 4), it is true that the UPA is trying to misguide people on the Kudankulam nuclear plant issue. Instead of taking potshots at the NGOs opposing the nuclear power plant project, the government should talk to the citizens directly about the safety of the plant and its benefits. The government must remember that it is answerable to the people first and not to the scientists and technocrats who are pushing for the plant.
GK Arora, Delhi
Having failed to come out with an explanation backed by solid reason that is convincing to the local people agitating against the commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear plant, the UPA is targeting the NGOs to hoodwink us and divert our attention. Whether the government is going to take a decision in favour of the protesters or not, it is clear that the UPA has lost the support of the people not only in and around Kudankulam, but also all over the country.
Tharcius S Fernando, via email
Justice delayed, and denied
I congratulate Indrajit Hazra (The forgotten man, Red Herring, March 4) for reminding us of how even after 10 years of the riots in Gujarat, members of a certain community are still running around for justice. There can be no reconciliation without justice, especially when people responsible for the crimes are still ruling the state.
Ameen Ahmed, Delhi
How can Ashok Mochi roam around freely in a democratic country? People like Mochi do not belong to any religion; he was a local goon before the Gujarat riot and will remain one in the days to come.
Sujit Kumar, via email
Trivia is not analysis
With reference to Karan Thapar's Is Katju Seshan 2.0? (Sunday Sentiments, March 4), the author seems to have a flair for filling his column with trivia and pass it off as prognosis. There haven't been too many people in independent India who have made such a sterling contribution as TN Seshan did for strengthening the democratic process in the country. Bluntness and craving for publicity may be two attributes Justice Katju shares with Seshan, but the former has a long way to go to achieve anything even remotely comparable to Seshan's contribution. Shenanigans like questioning the erudition of journalists and holding out empty and unbecoming threats against chief ministers may help grab attention, but they are no substitutes for concrete measures to be taken to strengthen the fourth estate if Justice Katju is to make a mark as chief of the Press Council of India.
P Chaganty, via email
I do not agree with Thapar's views. Justice Katju is still to invoke his powers to bring about any change in the organisation he heads. Seshan used constitutional and legal provisions to make the Election Commission a force to reckon with. Let Justice Katju be given time to see if he reshapes the council the way Seshan did the poll panel.
YG Chouksey, Pune
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