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A not-so-humble farmer

india Updated: Nov 04, 2007 21:12 IST

Caller identity

It was heartening to read that a single call from Abhishek Singhvi to the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor and the CM stopped the destruction of trees in the name of development (Common wealth squandered, October 31). But this is because the caller is more than equal to the LG/CM. One can say governance is good when an ordinary person makes a similar call and elicits such a positive response.
S Raghavan, via e-mail

A not-so-humble farmer

Apropos of the report BJP, JD(S) parade their flock (October 30), Deve Gowda has now decided to support the BJP in order to cling on to power. In politics, one has to rise above principles at times, but Deve Gowda is overdoing it. This ‘humble farmer’ will block any major reform that the BJP wishes to pursue.
Vishal Bhargava, Mumbai

A good deal

The 123 agreement is about the future energy needs of India. But the Left has suddenly started insisting that it is not in the national interest. The PM and his team which negotiated the deal deserve praise. Why can’t the government go ahead with the negotiations regardless of such meaningless criticism?
Mukesh C Gupta, Cambodia

Just demands

The Police confined thousands of people who walked hundreds of miles to Delhi to demand their right to land and water. The protestors wish to peacefully confront the Prime Minister with an issue that was anyway part of the UPA’s agenda. The UPA government should understand their situation and at least talk to their leaders.
SG Vombatkere, via e-mail


Rajiv Gandhi’s remark about a mighty tree falling was made on November 19, 1984, and not before the riots began in Delhi, as we have written in our editorial 1984, New Delhi: did anything happen? (November 3). The error is regretted.