Use the Olympics to highlight the plight of Bhopal victims
Nityanand Jayaraman in Dow shalt check facts (March 13) argues that India should boycott the London Olympics because Dow Chemicals, one of the sponsors of the games, is responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy since it bought Union Carbide, knowing fully well the company’s legal and financial responsibilities towards the victims. The same day, an editorial (Use London, not boycott, Our Take, March 13) talked about the futility of boycotting the games. There is no point boycotting the games because India is not a great sporting power and its absence will not cause any furore. Instead, the Indian government can use the media during the Games to highlight the enormity of the tragedy and the plight of the victims.
YG Chouksey, Pune
Who will bell the cat?
This refers to the report Maya assets shoot up by Rs24 crore in just 2 years (March 14). There are thousands of politicians and government officers in the country whose individual or family assets are more than Rs100 crore. But nothing happens to them because there are so many dishonest politicians. All plans of poverty alleviation can have the desired results if the government honestly targets these corrupt leaders and bureaucrats.
Danendra Jain, via email
Lokpal will not achieve anything
Prahlad K Sethi in his article All that glitters is not gold (March 12) rightly states that the Lokpal Bill cannot end corruption. Instead, it might actually make things worse if the machinery itself becomes corrupt. Further, the lokpal could also be misused to destabilise India’s polity.
Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon