Even after Veerappan’s death, poaching is big business
It was startling to read Praveen Donthi’s report Poaching, from Veerappan’s forest to the Net (September 20). Despite Veerappan’s death, the government has failed to curb tiger poaching, a flourishing business in the jungles of Tamil Nadu. It’s alarming how tech-savvy youngsters are encouraging poachers to kill animals to gift them to their loved ones. The government shouldn’t take the matter lightly and take a serious action against poachers.
Neha Nischal, via email
Let’s keep the faith
Khushwant Singh, in Faith is a matter of the heart, not clothes (With Malice Towards One and All, September 20), has rightly stated that Indian Christians have substantially contributed in India’s overall growth. Every religion in India is special and people shouldn’t be discriminated on the basis of their religious preferences. Be it Sikhs, Christians, Hindus or Muslims, Indian society needs their active participation to retain its cultural diversity, a value that no other nation can boast of.
Kepee Rajan, Mumbai
Austerity cannot pay the household bills
Manas Chakravarty’s article on the UPA’s austerity drive made for amusing reading (The austerity bug, Loose Canon, September 20). The UPA’s newly-discovered generosity is a poor attempt at wooing the aam aadmi. Despite being ‘austere’ for over two weeks now, our ministers haven’t been able to bring about much relief to the common man. The prices of essential goods continue to shoot up and corruption still plagues government offices. In short, the drive is not helping the common man.
Sandeep Soni, Delhi
Chakravarty’s article was a wake-up call for politicians, who are using the austerity drive as a pretext to neglect their duties. The drive is only hampering national progress, as every politician is being cautious of taking any decision, no matter how important or urgent it is for people.
Do our politicians realise how much inconvenience their austerity drive has caused to people? (Oh, to be poor, Sunday Sentiments, September 20). They travel by the economy class but with a cluster of security men who give a tough time to other, non-VIP, passengers. It’s high time our MPs stop acting in an immature manner and deal with the real problems.
Meenakshi Negi, via email
At our expense
Vir Sanghvi in Phase out extravagance from politics (Counterpoint, September 20) has given expression to middle-class resentment towards extravagant politicians. The best way to curb government spending is to make all MPs stay together on one location. This will eliminate the need to provide security to each of them separately and will save the money that would have been wasted on getting their bungalows renovated.
Venkateswaran K. Iyer, Delhi
Vir Sanghvi is bang on target in stating that ostentation has no place in politics. It is high time our politicians felt a sense of responsibility about taxpayers’ money. They have no right to enjoy private get-togethers or go vacationing at our expense. If they learn how to lead a simple life, it will eliminate the need for any austerity drive.
Nilima Dogra, via email
On second thoughts
Much before Shashi Tharoor got caught in the Twitter controversy, I had read his book The Great Indian Novel and, like Indrajit Hazra, wondered why the Congress had made him a minister (Why so serious? Red Herring, September 20). Later, I thought maybe it was Tharoor’s charm that had overpowered his criticism of the Congress in his fictional narrative. It won’t surprise us if the party now decides to take action against Tharoor, after reading Hazra’s article.
Aditi Jain, via email