Sitaram Yechury’s article Tomorrow starts today (August 16) deserves praise for depicting a clear picture of a developing India. More than 50 per cent children are underweight and suffer from malnutrition. Almost half of the women suffer from amnesia, 75 per cent of the rural population does not have basic amenities and live on a single meal, workers are underpaid and unemployed youth live in depression and tend to be suicidal. Every year we celebrate Independence Day with pomp and show, but forget that developing India is going ahead with many disparities.
The Supreme Court has done a great service to India by asking the government not to institutionalise caste by continuing with and expanding the scope of reservations (Don’t institutionalise caste system: SC, August 17). Caste politics being played by politicians will divide our society further.
Apropos of the editorial Take no Q from this (August 17), thanks to the covert efforts of the UPA and the Congress to save Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, the CBI appears to have played into the hands of the government. But the real victims are the honest taxpayers whose money the government is wasting on the farcical legal proceedings to build up a case against Quattrocchi.
Derailing the deal
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has done well in reminding the Left that enough is enough. The Left Front should avoid brinkmanship over the Indo-US nuclear deal and not hunt for problems that don’t exist.