It’s piling up, but no one seems to be bothered
Gopalkrishna Gandhi in his article Dying a slow death (Incidentally, May 22) rightly states that the state governments don’t seem to understand the gravity of the garbage problem and, therefore, have no plans to solve it. However, there are some towns that are doing their bit to solve this problem: Tezpur in Assam will soon become a garbage-free town once its municipal solid waste facility is completed. To ensure that the garbage problem doesn’t spiral out of control, a national waste management system is needed at the earliest.
In the same boat
I agree with Pratik Kanjilal that before accusing the West of stereotyping communities, we should first weed out prejudices from our society (The maulana and other stories, Speakeasy, May 22). India is a secular society but a glance at the matrimonial advertisements in newspapers is enough to affirm how stereotypes of class, race, colour and religion are rampant in India.
Aman Agarwal, Delhi
Today, the first image that the word ‘terrorist’ evokes is that of either a bearded man in pathani suit or a burqa-clad woman. It’s the result of stereotyping Muslims by not just the West but the entire world. But the sad truth is that while frisking a Shah Rukh Khan at an American airport leads to hue and cry from all sections of society, the ill treatment meted out to a Maulana Noor-ul-Huda by airport officials in Delhi at times fails to get proper coverage.
Salman Ghani, Patna
The Jharkhand eye-opener
The ongoing political drama in Jharkhand is benefitting nobody. The people of the state are paying the price of voting corrupt leaders like Shibu Soren to power. The present situation in Jharkhand should be an eye-opener for people in other parts of India. If they want their states to progress, then they should vote consciously and for honest and hardworking individuals.
Dineshwar Kumar Verma, Ranchi
Rahul, the next PM
Pankaj Vohra in Rahul: First among equals? (UPA II The Report Card, May 24) states that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is a strong contender for prime ministership if the Congress wins the 2014 general elections. But the truth is that apart from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress doesn’t have a leader who it can project as an able prime minister. So, if the compulsions of coalition politics do not play spoilsport for the Congress, Rahul will surely be India’s next prime minister.
S.K. Wasan, Noida
No surprises here
The editorial It’s really a steal (The Pundit, May 24) rightly states that the media should not waste time reporting the theft of equipment meant for the preparation of the Commonwealth Games. Such thefts are normal in Delhi and should not surprise us. Instead, come October, if the government fails to properly organise the Games, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit can refer to these reports and blame Delhiites.
Manmohan Bhatia, Delhi
Yes, she’s a superwoman
The aam aurat, as Devaki Jain puts it in her article Women’s worth (May 19), plays perhaps the most important role in society. Without her, life in every household will come to a standstill. She plays multiple roles with ease but doesn’t get her due.
Ila Garg, Delhi