Arjun Singh’s Bhopal statement adds insult to grave injury
This has reference to the report Rao, not Rajiv, let Anderson go: Arjun (August 12). It is unclear what Arjun Singh was trying to prove with his belated statement on the Bhopal gas tragedy. He was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1984 at the time of the disaster. He failed to compensate the victims and get the accused punished. It’s high time Singh took moral responsibility for the tragedy and apologised to the victims. His statement in Parliament last week was inconsequential.
Bijay K. Dash, Delhi
Singh’s statement accusing former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, who was the home minister in 1984, for the release of Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson is unconvincing. In his capacity as chief minister, Singh should have ordered the police to arrest Anderson or stopped him from leaving the country. He should have stood up against the home ministry and supported the people of his state.
Ranbir Singh Jakhar, Meerut
Reaping a bitter harvest
This refers to Samar Halarnkar’s article How to stop the rot (Maha Bharat, August 12). Thankfully, on the orders of the Supreme Court, the Centre will now have to distribute the extra foodgrain among the poor states. However, it’s disheartening that the government is yet to acknowledge the problem of the lack of silos. It should get new silos constructed at the earliest and also get the existing ones renovated. Officials of the Food Corporation of India should be taken to task for having failed to perform their duties and pushing the nation into a food crisis. They should also be made aware of the latest technologies in the field of foodgrain management.
Pushp V. Yadav, Gurgaon
Never begun, so never done
Jagmohan’s article Grasp the nettle (August 13) should be an eye-opener for everyone in Kashmir. He rightly states that any further delay in finding a solution to the Kashmir problem will render it more complex. Since Partition, our successive governments have failed to formulate a comprehensive policy for the Valley. The UPA 2 government should take the lead and mediate a peaceful settlement among the J&K government, the people of Kashmir and the separatists. It can begin by reviewing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
Som Sharma, Gurgaon
A bug in their bonnet
With reference to the report Delhi superbug threatening world, claim UK scientists (August 12), the West is trying to tarnish India’s global image by blaming it for spreading an incurable disease. The truth is that the First World nations are jealous of our success in the field of medical science. Our urban healthcare facilities are giving tough competition to nations like America and Britain. People from various countries visit India to get specialised treatments for various life-threatening diseases.
Ravi Chaturvedi, Delhi
Old wine in old bottles
This refers to the report Caste census on, Cong core group gives OK (August 10). While the Indian Constitution discourages discrimination on the basis of caste, political parties, especially the Congress, are using it to win over minority communities and get their votes. This is the 21st century version of the old British policy of ‘divide and rule’. A caste-based census is a regressive move and should be vehemently opposed.
Netra Prasad, via email