Let professionals come forward to help Air India take off again
PC Sen in An airline hijacked (May 9) is right in stating that Air India has been plagued by troubles, both acqu-ired and inherent, for long. The absence of professionalism is responsible for the mismanagement in these service-oriented sectors. A political consensus has to emerge to resolve this state of affairs.
V Balakrishnan, via email
Every bureaucrat heading the airline contributed to the mess in Air India. Sen did not lag behind either. He had the unique distinction of creating 36 posts of directors that were filled arbitrarily. He also introduced some fancy schemes. If the government is sincere, it should appoint a high-level impartial commission and make both employees and the public participate in the turn-around process while keeping politicians and bureaucrats at a safe distance.
Hari Chand Kapoor, via email
This land is my land
The farmers’ agitation over compensation for land is a symptom of a deeper malaise (Farmer agitation spreads, May 9). A land mafia is colluding with the government and grabbing farmland at cheap rates. The farmers, however, are wiser now and hence the agitation.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Not in a straight lane anymore
This refers to the report Fading crossings play havoc on lives, traffic (May 9). It is good that the police is taking up these issues which should be taken up by the MCD and the NDMC. But there are other issues like overtaking, lack of road capacity, encroachment and trees obstructing traffic that need priority. In fact, misguided government policies are creating problems for people.
AL Agarwal, Delhi