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Hindustan Times
June 26, 2012
First Published: 23:14 IST(26/6/2012)
Last Updated: 23:15 IST(26/6/2012)

Mahi’s death proves again that life is cheap in India

This refers to the report 85-hr-long rescue operation fails, 4-yr-old pulled out dead (June 25). The unfortunate incident shows that despite the Supreme Court’s ban on groundwater extraction through borewells, the Haryana government has failed to check this practice. This was not the first incident of its kind in the state or India. So why did such an accident happen once again? It’s because the governments, be it the state or the Centre, never learn from past experiences and are callous about the lives of people, especially the poor. There is another lesson that we need to learn from the incident: a full-blown water crisis is staring at us and unless we do something about it, India is in for trouble.
Janaki Mahadevan,Mumbai

It is very sad that despite the best efforts by army engineers and National Security Guard commandos, Mahi’s life could not be saved. But a magisterial inquiry into the incident is not good enough. The state government must come down heavily on people who dig such borewells and then leave them uncapped.
Aftab Ahmed, via email

Who will pay for the clean-up?

With reference to the editorial Not happening anytime now (Our Take, June 25), the Rio+20 conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, failed because our political leaders are not serious about the green cause. How else can you explain why after so many years of the Kyoto Protocol we are still debating about who will pay for the clean-up. As long as the biggest polluter, the US, does not come forward and do what is expected of it, nothing will move.
YG Chouksey, via email

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