The report Leh turns ghost town (August 9) shows once again that in spite of all the progress, we are still at the mercy of Nature's fury. It's only during crises like these, that one gets to see the compassionate nature of people, which is rarely evident in this fast-paced world. It's heartening to see people from different parts of the country and foreign tourists lending helping hand to those who have been worst hit by the recent flash flood in Leh.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
Something's got to give
With reference to Pankaj Vohra's article It's time to wield the stick, Mr PM (Between Us, August 9), the people gave their mandate to the UPA for a second term, but it has failed miserably. We have seen Rahul Gandhi make token gestures and talking about progress and development. However, UPA-II has hardly done anything to alleviate the problems of people. From Naxals, Kashmir, scams, price rise, to the Commonwealth Games fund misuse, the list is endless. Let's hope the government tries to solve these issues, for our patience is running out.
Prakash F. Madhwani, Bangalore
Pankaj Vohra aptly pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be more decisive in his attitude. Despite his credentials he comes across as someone who lacks a voice. If he hopes to see India reach greater heights then he will have to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and laziness.
Rupesh Goel, via email
Sensitive only to criticism
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee should support his statements with actions when he claims that the government is sensitive to people's troubles (This govt isn't insensitive, August 5). As of now, the central government certainly doesn't seem concerned about millions going hungry or tonnes of foodgrain rotting in government godowns.
Shanti Bhushan, via email