Samar Halarnkar’s article That winning feeling (Maha Bharat, September 21), talked about how Indian sportsmen are proving their mettle in various sporting events and how the future looks bright for India as a sporting giant. Our recent achievements at international events have given a boost to youngsters for pursuing a career in sports, particularly in boxing. Also, we seem to be on track to becoming a fitter nation. We can only hope that not only do the Commonwealth Games showcase India but also its budding talent.
Anupam Basu, Mumbai
A contorted view of comfort
The editorial No room for comfort (The Pundit, September 23) correctly pointed out that the ‘Duronto’ trains have proved to be ‘naughtier’ rather than faster. It appears that Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has made a mistake in overlooking the comfort factor of passengers. All passengers travelling in the side berths are put to a lot of inconvenience. They would rather pay a little more and travel by normal AC trains than perform contortions to fit into Duronto’s seats.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
I request the Railway Minister to please take a ride in the side berth of an AC-III tier economy class of the Delhi-Chennai Duronto Express when it is introduced. Since the journey involves at least a full day’s sitting, or two days on the Delhi-Cochin route, I am sure the minister will enjoy the journey she expects others to relish.
NT Joseph, Delhi
Manners please, we’re Indians
Home Minister P Chidambaram’s observations (A rud[e]imentary guide to Delhi, September 23) about how the people of the city need to learn manners were spot on. Delhi is a city of migrants and most people do not identify it as their city. If we really want to improve the image of the Capital, we need to have a zero-tolerance attitude towards civic nuisance, including traffic violations.
Atul Dev, Delhi
Home Minister Chidambaram rightly suggested that Delhiites should learn manners. But first the Delhi Police and government officials must learn to behave properly when dealing with the general public. Take the traffic chaos in Delhi; it is mostly because of mismanagement by the traffic police. Only if the government machinery in the Capital is in order, can it teach good manners to the citizens.
Vinod Kumar, via email
Learn to respect Mother Earth
Film director Shekhar Kapur in Mr Prime Minister, it’s time to act (September 22) has correctly highlighted the changes that are taking place in our mountain regions thanks to climate change. Kapur rightly stated that if the present fossil fuel-dependent economic development model is not appropriately modified, there’ll be nothing left for future
RK Malhotra, Delhi
Delhi CM not effective anymore
Pankaj Vohra is right in saying that Sheila Dikshit must review her methods of governance (Read the writing on the wall, Between Us, September 21). I think Dikshit is forgetting that a large part of Delhi’s population comprises inhabitants from Bihar and UP and thus blaming them for all the problems can be detrimental to her and the Congress. She must takes steps to restore her party’s lost charm by checking her methods of governance. If she doesn’t then the party will lose future elections; the by-election results were just a warning bell.
Dagar Katyal, Delhi