With the death of Norman Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution, the world has lost a visionary (Hunger was Borlaug’s prime concern, September 14). India is indebted to Borlaug for rescuing the nation from its worst food crisis in the 1960s. His efforts saved millions in the subcontinent from dying of starvation. Borlaug’s contribution helped India become self-sufficient and strengthened our agrarian economy. He surely deserved the Padma Vibhushan award.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad
Hitting bull’s eye
The manner in which Ashok Malik compared the preparation of the Commonwealth Games 2010 (CWG) with other sporting events from the past was creditable (Playing spoilsport, September 15). It clearly conveyed the message that if the government doesn’t pull up its socks now, India won’t be able to host the Games.
Anmol Arora, via email
These days, criticising the CWG is a way of getting yourself tagged as anti-national. Perhaps that’s why I was pleased to read Malik’s piece. Look at the enormous mess around us today. The green cover is slowly disappearing and poverty is on the rise. All this threatens our existence. But does anybody care for the common man?
Aparna Caur, via email
Broadcast the correct info
The item It’s work to rue (Off The Record, August 25), was not just factually incorrect but also cast aspersions on the conduct of the Prasar Bharati Board’s proceedings. The fact is that the Member (Personnel) is in charge of the Prasar Bharati Board Secretariat and is responsible for taking steps deemed necessary for the smooth conduct of Board proceedings. Accordingly, some members of the staff were advised to be present during the proceedings. These officers were present in addition to the mediapersons who were also asked to cover the event. Contrary to the report, the personal staff of Member (Finance) was not present.
The reference made by B.S. Lalli, Executive Member, was to Rule 8 of the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) (Procedure and Conduct of Business) Regulations, 2000, which states that the Executive Member may authorise any officer or employee to attend, speak in or otherwise take part in the proceedings of the Board meeting or in any of its committees. This does not mean that employees attending can service the proceedings. A reply was accordingly sent by the Member (Personnel) to the Executive Member. The report insinuates that rules had been violated, which was not the case.
A.K. Jain Member (Finance), Prasar Bharati, New Delhi
Getting back on track
The editorial Let’s please stay on track (Our Take, September 15) was timely and raised important questions related to passenger security. Accidents at Metro sites have become common and are a cause of concern for commuters. While it’s praiseworthy that the Metro officials give serious consideration to these incidents, the best solution is to ensure that they don’t occur again. People have high hopes from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and deserve not to be disappointed.
Rajesh Piplani, via email
Leading a simple life, finally
The austerity drive of the UPA ministers will go a long way in inspiring other ministers. If senior leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee are ready to sacrifice a luxurious lifestyle, then there is no reason why other ministers shouldn’t follow suit. We have been waiting for years to see our leaders lead an ordinary life and stop misusing the taxpayers’ money. Hopefully, the drive will be transformed into a habit.
Salil Gewali, Shillong