In his article It’s the gas, gas, gas! (May 5), N Chandra Mohan has ably argued the case for India playing the great ‘gas game’ adroitly and making both the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (Tap) pipeline project and the Iranian pipeline a reality. India’s concern that the Tap pipeline will pass through Taliban-controlled territories in Afghanistan and Pakistan is genuine, but it must find a solution as other countries have done to secure their oil and gas interests.
Waste of public money
With reference to the editorial Bus, bahut ho gaya (May 1), the Delhi government seems to have no qualms about wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned money on its schemes without doing proper research. The latest instance of this is
the much-hyped BRT corridor which not only failed to ease traffic but added to the congestion. Those who formulate these schemes seem to live in their own closed worlds without knowledge of the reality on the ground.
UPA must act now
I tend to agree with Pankaj Vohra in The stopwatch’s ticking (May 5) that the fate of the UPA government lies in its own hands. If the nuclear deal gets the UPA’s approval, it will destabilise the political scenario because of stiff opposition from the Left. This, in the long run, will help the UPA. It’s time they started to play the game more adroitly.
No pass marks
Vipul Mudgal in Blackboard jungle (May 1) has rightly pointed out the dismal state of primary education as well the environment. Such a situation exists because the HRD Minister seems to be pre-occupied with reservations in higher education, rather than improving the quality of primary education. The panchayat system must assume responsibility for improving primary education standards.