Don’t look for any national glory in all this Games mess
Countries vie with each other to host international sporting events to prove their national greatness. So, it is a shame that the Commonwealth Games in India are attracting such negative publicity. Even more shameful is the collapse of the footbridge near the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, less than a fortnight before the event. All those responsible for leaving the country open to such global ridicule, including the sundry contractors who have failed the nation, must be taken to task. The prime minister should dismiss Suresh Kalmadi immediately and initiate action against the other Games officials.
Tharcius Fernando, Chennai
Need for a reality check
Harsh Mander in Hungry for action (September 21) appropriately highlights a major concern but is erroneous in presupposing the availability of a bureaucratic machinery that can deliver the desired results. We have an administrative system that’s in a state of virtual collapse. The appointment of committees and commissions and the ceremonial observance of national days are not the answer. Assuming that the political will exists, it may take years to bring the system up to the level of being competent enough for implementing programmes related to food security and nutrition.
Arun Bhatnagar, via email
Harsh Mander’s article was high on emotion and low on practicality. The country cannot be run by wishful thinking alone, and uncomfortable statistics can’t be wished away. It seems the writer has forgotten the all-pervasive corruption that plagues the country’s social security schemes, which, if not checked, will only serve to undermine any laws that are framed.
Amit Rahul, Delhi
Out with the old approach
This refers to the report MPs’ visit breaks Valley ice, but the chill remains (September 21). Reaching out to the separatists shows political astuteness and is an acknowledgement by the State of the need to re-calibrate its policy toward Kashmir. Mainstream politicians like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have failed to prove their mettle. It’s time to look toward, and engage, a new crop of leaders in India's troubled border state.
Tarun Bhattacharya, via email
Don’t jump to conclusions
The report Jama Masjid shooting (September 21) indicates that certain vested interests are trying to sabotage the Commonwealth Games by targeting foreigners and sending threatening mails in an attempt to trigger panic and negative global opinion. However, to point fingers at a particular community and hold it responsible for these deplorable acts is unjustified since a handful of people bearing ill will can't be seen as representing an entire community.
Shafaque Alam, Delhi
Wooing the dragon
This refers to the editorial Speaking the right language (Our Take September 18). The HRD ministry’s decision to introduce Mandarin in the CBSE curriculum is a positive move toward improving diplomatic relations with China. The complexities of the Indo-China relationship continue to defy facile summarisations. The ministry might wish to try a cultural approach, using Bollywood movies, stars and songs to woo the attention of Chinese youth and enliven Sino-Indian bilateral ties.
P. Pradeep, via email