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Grand claims, shoddy delivery

india Updated: Mar 10, 2009 22:57 IST

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Grand claims, shoddy delivery
With reference to the report The Paharganj S(l)ide (March 9), it seems the government is only worried about the Commonwealth Games these days. The situation at the railway stations clearly speaks of the casual approach being taken by the Railway Ministry, leaving the passengers to deal with routine problems like traffic jams, garbage, stinking toilets and negligible seating on their own. The question is: why are we spending crores of taxpayers money on the Games instead of providing much-needed infrastructure to the people? It is a complete failure on the part of the government, which makes tall promises but never fulfils them.
Gulshan Kumar, Delhi

Don’t turn a blind eye to this
Apropos of the report Taliban terror forces Hindus to flee Pak (March 9), it is a matter of great concern that Hindus are fleeing from Pakistan under threat from the Taliban. Even more disturbing is the fact that the so-called human rights groups and secularists aren't raising their voice against such ethnic cleansing. The Congress has done little to safeguard the interests of Hindus, and not much is expected from the party that has turned its back on the plight of Kashmiri Hindus, since Hindus are not a cohesive enough group to dictate terms to political parties.
Anil Sood, via email

Act to revive the economy
I disagree with N.K. Singh’s contention in Lame ducks and a rabbit trick (March 9). The elections will not de-prioritise economic concerns. In fact, steps to ease hardships due to the slowdown would be a major election issue. The Centre and state governments should redirect expenditure towards areas with direct employment possibilities, and the government should renew pending projects without waiting for a revival of the US economy. Re-allocation of resources may be the answer, and this doesn’t necessarily have to be in violation of the electoral code of conduct.
Dev Gulati, via email

That same old story
I don’t agree with your editorial Rising from these ashes? (Our Take, March 9) that the BJD-BJP break-up could be a sign of the Third Front’s second coming, having seen the sorry end of such fronts in the past. In fact, people are tired of such alliances, which dissolve over trivial issues and sans any tangible grounds, just as they are tired of dissidents within the two major national parties, who have become a laughing stock for their filmi antics. What’s cooking in Orissa or in the Congress/SP alliance warns against the hasty cobbling together of a so-called third front.
RL Pathak, Delhi

No truck with the devil
The report Bay for bundooq, jeem for jihad (March 8) points to the compromise that the Pakistani State has made with militants, which should be of serious concern, especially for India. We need to learn from the Israelis to implement pre-emptive, preventive and reactive security measures. What will the government do even if Pakistan gives out the details of the conspiracy behind the Mumbai attack when there are scores of convicts here awaiting action on court verdicts, like in the Parliament attack case? It’s ordinary citizens who have to pay the price for such laxity.
Arvind Kumar, Noida

Targets, by default?
This has reference to the report The Taliban riddle (March 9). The US administration had used Pakistan to fight a proxy war in Afghanistan 20 years ago, allowing that country’s army and ISI a chance to flirt with extremists. The Taliban were on the backfoot after 9/11, but now with the bulk of American aid going to the army and ISI, the Taliban is flourishing in an impoverished country, where none of the aid reaches the masses. India is on the frontline and under the shadow of a nuclear threat, and if the US does not revise its approach we will suffer. Pakistan is ethnically fractured and this is causing trouble. The US must wake up.
M Subrahmanyam, Lucknow