Delhi can, but won’t become a capital place to live in
Namita Bhandare’s views on the lack of basic requirement of life, like clean air, water, or security for women, in Delhi were impressive (Let’s get the basics right, Another Day, July 10). During my last trip to India, it was disheartening to learn that there is no provision for State-sponsored medical insurance for people from the lower-middle class. While the International Monetary Fund and World Bank growth figures for India are impressive, the common man hardly enjoys the benefits of this development. Of course, Delhi has the potential to become one of the most livable cities of the world, but the will to improve the quality of the aam aadmi’s life is clearly absent.
Dharam Uppal, Sydney
Congratulations to Bhandare for highlighting the real problems of the capital. There is no doubt that progress is being made in almost every sphere in Delhi. The Metro, the new airport terminal, high standards of living and a plethora of employment opportunities help it stand out among other Indian metros. However, traffic jams, long power cuts, acute water shortage and a high crime rate hamper Delhi’s prospects of becoming
a world-class city.
Ila Garg, Delhi
The young hold the key
Barkha Dutt in Kashmir stonewalled (Third Eye, July 10) rightly states that the prime minister should step in and mediate a settlement between the people and the government of Kashmir. The youth in the Valley are being misled and the administration’s apathy towards their problems is fuelling their rage. There is an urgent need to initiate the dialogue process between the Centre and the state. If the government really wants to find a solution to the violence, it should both exclude the separatists from the talks and encourage youngsters to assist the government in policy-making.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
Honesty’s the best policy
Samar Halarnkar in Islands in the storm (Maha Bharat, July 15) rightly analyses that the Congress-led UPA government can’t hope to return to power for the third time if reforms aren’t made in the world’s most regressive bureaucracy. India’s problems can’t be resolved as long as dishonest and unpatriotic officials take decisions that suit their interests more than the nation’s. The ultimate sufferer is the common man who pays the price for voting a weak government to power.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Left out of the loop
Sitaram Yechury’s questioning of the government’s economic policies in Poverty of policy (Left Hand Drive, July 13) is quite ironic. It doesn’t suit Yechury, whose party’s failed policies could not improve the lives of millions in West Bengal for over three decades, to advise the prime minister on policy-making. His criticism of the government seems to spring from the fact that the Left is no longer a part of the ruling alliance.
Pradeep Chourey, via email
Not voting with their feet
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article An age of apathy (Beyond The Byte, July 7), it’s doubtful if the middle-class will ever support a party that, on the one hand, claims to represent the common man but, on the other, works against his interests. Moreover, there are many people who don’t bother to step out of their homes on the election day. The blame for electing incompetent leaders to power, therefore, goes to those who refrain from the voting process.
Rahul Garg, via email