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Here’s a thought: public welfare could mean more votes

india Updated: Jul 15, 2010 21:49 IST

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Here’s a thought: public welfare could mean more votes

This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article An age of apathy (Beyond The Byte, July 7). People are tired of the gimmicks that our netas seem to be fond of. Be it the renaming of districts or villages, or opposing the government at the cost of causing inconvenience to the common man, our politicians address only those issues that serve their interests. It's high time that our political masters re-evaluate their priorities if they wish to stay in power.

Subodh Gautam, Delhi

Criticism is always welcome

With regard to the editorial Round up the usual suspects (Our Take, July 15), we take exception to the introduction which states, ‘New Delhi, in its fight against Maoism, is mistaking critics of the State for enemies’. We don’t understand how New Delhi came into the editorial. The issue at hand is an intelligence report sent by a police officer of Chhattisgarh to his superiors in the state police. Your editorial acknowledges that it was the Chhattisgarh Police that issued the “press statement”. You also attribute certain statements to a senior officer of the Chhattisgarh police. When the matter was brought to the notice of the Home Minister, he spoke to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and requested him to meet the persons named in the report and correct any injustice that may have been done by referring to certain names. The Chhattisgarh government has since informed the home ministry that the matter is being investigated and “no action is contemplated against Lingaram Kodopi or others at this juncture”. The Government of India welcomes criticism, especially criticism by well-meaning members of civil society and criticism based on facts. It has never said “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”.

Kashmir Singh, Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint Secretary, Government of India, New Delhi

Race realities won’t go away

With reference to Sagarika Ghose’s article Unjoin the dots (Bloody Mary, July 14), Indians residing abroad aren’t new to racial slurs. One should learn to make peace with reality instead of trivialising it further by reacting to such situations.

T.C. Gopalakrishnan, via email