Sandy will hopefully force the US to focus on climate change
With reference to the editorial Riding out the storm (October 31), the writer correctly states that India should take note of the US’ impressive preparedness for superstorm Sandy. It is very clear that Sandy and its wrath were influenced by climate change. Global warming has made our oceans warmer and warm water fuels hurricanes with extra energy, making them more violent. Hopefully, the US government will learn a lesson from this experience and focus on climate change. Without its participation, climate talks will not progress and the poor nations will have to bear the brunt of the mess created by the developed world.
-Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
The argument does not hold water
I don’t agree with Abhijit Banerjee’s argument in It’s time to get real (Poverty Line, October 31). The recent spate in rape cases in India, which the writer refers to in the piece, have been reported from urban as well as rural areas. So the author is wrong in saying that space constraints lead to such cases. Rape has more to do with the unequal distribution of power between men and women than access to sex. Rape happens across all socio-economic strata, not just in India but all over the world.
-Tony George Jacob, Delhi
Clear action must on Yamuna
This refers to the report A river runs through it (October 31). It is appalling that despite the government spending crores of taxpayers’ money, the Yamuna remains polluted. It’s time strict action is taken against polluters and the government officials who have failed to put in place effective mechanisms to treat domestic sewage flowing into the river. The Delhi government should learn from London’s Thames experience and clean-up the river.
-Gagandeep, via email
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