With reference to the editorial The poverty of a malfunctioning state (Our Take, September 16), the deplorable situation of children in Madhya Pradesh is worrying. The government has failed to provide drinking water, healthcare, sanitation and shelter to the poor. How long will the deprived remain deprived?
Suneel Kumar Jaiswal, Allahabad
Ghettos of the mind apropos of Zia Haq’s report Why they hate us (Sept. 17), one would like to ask him what is the condition of minorities in the 57 Islamic nations? Haq seeks to justify terrorist attacks in India as due to the alleged injustices suffered by Muslims here. By the same token, how is it that religious minorities in 57 Islamic nations do not indulge in terror attacks when discrimination against them is enshrined in the law? Hindus in Pakistan, Christians in Saudi Arabia and Baha’is in Iran do not take to placing bombs in public places. Haq’s attempt to justify Islamic terror sends out a dangerous signal.
Ramesh Kumar, Delhi
I don’t agree with any of the reasons given by Zia Haq. The harassment of innocents by the police is not limited to one community. Also, the majority of Muslims prefer living in ghettos, thereby highlighting a sense of self-manufactured isolation. Most Muslims do not adopt any family planning, leading to lack of education and poverty. The Muslim community must take steps to eradicate illiteracy, adopt modern education, come out of ghettos and be a part of mainstream India. Only then they will start looking at the world the way others do.
Mohan Singh, Delhi
The big chill ahead
Apropos of the editorial How safe are we from catching the cold? (Our Take, September 17), it cannot be inferred that despite the successful outsourcing story of India, we would be hurt by the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the sellout of Merrill Lynch. Such events do happen from time to time but the real issue is not merely of some jobs, but loss of credibility of financial institutions.
RN Lakhotia, Delhi
The incident of Black Monday is not just a sneeze as India is bound to be severely affected by this event. It is a critical stage for the financial giants of Wall Street. Both Lehman and AIG stocks have seen an almost 80 per cent depreciation in the past year. And we should be ready for more meltdown. Those investing in bourses should watch carefully as these companies have a good amount of exposure in Indian firms and the sentiments are bound to be negative for some time now.
Bal Govind, Bareilly
Hats off to Saina Nehwal for scripting a well-earned win at the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Badminton Tournament and adding a feather to the cap of Indian sports. With this victory, she has overcome the loss in the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics. The world number 14 has created history to become the first Indian woman shuttler to win a Grand Prix event. We wish her the best for the 2012 Olympic Games. May her determination and hard work be a guiding force for budding badminton players.
Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh