After the good show comes the bad news for the common man
This refers to the report Games to cost you R193 crore more (October 18). It’s true that India somehow managed to pull off the Commonwealth Games and that our athletes surprised everyone with their brilliant performances. But it’s equally true that the event has cost a bomb to the nation. It goes without saying that the common man will be made to pay the mammoth expense. A successful completion of the Games should not encourage the government to bid for the Olympics.
D.R. Gulati, via email
The cons outnumber the pros
With reference to the editorial Don't overstep the mine line (Our Take, October 18), it’s shocking to learn that the Maharashtra government is in the process of giving away thousands of hectares of farmland in Sindhudurg to mining companies. This will render many farmers jobless and homeless and various rare birds and animals will lose their habitat. The state government must reconsider its decision.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
Arguing for the sake of arguing
This refers to the report PM misleading people, says Nitish, rebuts laxity charge (October 18). It is unbecoming of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take potshots at the Bihar government at an election rally. The Centre does not have substantial evidence to prove that the Bihar government’s performance is below par and that it has not properly implemented central welfare schemes.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
A famine of policies
Jean Drèze, in his article Losing their nerve? (October 15), does a great job of exposing the government’s inability to manage hundreds of tonnes of rotting foodgrain. The UPA government overlooked the Supreme Court directive to distribute grain to the poor for free. In the name of food security, the government is forcing people to starve.
Sriprakash Ganapati, via email