The controversies that dog the Commonwealth Games have filled millions of Indians with shame and disappointment (E-mail fraud hits Games, August 4). The allegations of corruption, forging and money laundering seem to know no end. With all the murky dealings associated with the Games, one wonders what happened to the Gandhian principles of truth and honesty that our country was founded upon. Do these politicians and bureaucrats have no character at all? Is it necessary to stoop to such deplorable levels for wealth and power? Indians should never forgive them for the loss of face their actions have led to.
N.S. Venkataraman, via email
Built on their fragile backs
The editorial Squad that got left out (Our Take, August 3) rightly made a case for those who are toiling day and night without wages or under harsh working conditions, thanks to the corrupt officials heading the Commonwealth Organising Committee. I feel proud that our country is hosting such a mega
event but why do we always ignore the deprived and the helpless and take advantage of their vulnerability? Didn’t the OC know that rickshaw-pullers, foodstall hawkers and pavement dwellers would be forced out of the city? Why didn’t they bother to think about rehabilitating them while planning for the Games?
Sundeep Sinha, via email
The fate of labourers across the country has always been dismal. In the case of five-star hotels being constructed or the Commonwealth Games, human rights guidelines have been flouted. The Commonwealth Games, being an international event, should have taken the effort to prevent the exploitation of those who are helpless.
Vijay Karki, Dehradun
Let him right the wrongs
This has reference to the editorial Step one in the Valley (Our Take, August 2). The lawlessness in Jammu and Kashmir is a cause for worry. The acts of violence, stone-pelting and attacking police stations are unlawful and threaten the sovereignty of the country. Those resorting to violence should know that it’s not going lead them anywhere. The Kashmiri youth should give Chief Minister Omar Abdullah a chance to set things right.
P. Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
An unclear nuclear deal
The report Indo-US nuclear agreement signed (August 1) suggested yet another step in the wrong direction. The government does not seem to have learnt any lessons from the Bhopal gas disaster or the Jaipur fire accident that caused damage worth crores of rupees. Multinational companies dump outdated technologies and equipment on India. They may just do the same in relation to nuclear reactors as well. It is humiliating that our lives and our country’s resources are valued at less than R 500 crore. We must understand that these companies are not doing us a favour by investing in India’s nuclear energy. The UPA government is only working out a deal to take care of its own interests.
Debashish Manna, via email
Build on what’s available
Dilip D’Souza in A world-class apart (August 3) made an interesting argument about our intention of turning our country into a world-class one. However, just building swanky airports won’t make us world-class.
The author rightly stated that VT station in Mumbai handles millions of passengers every day, much more than other railway stations in the world. We must do all that we can to improve our existing infrastructure before setting up new ones to impress the world.
Bal Govind, Noida