Apropos of the report Another mishap on Delhi Metro (July 14), the two accidents at the Metro construction site force us to wonder whether the DMRC is adhering to safety norms. We take pride in adopting modern technologies to build world-class infrastructure, but do not hesitate in flouting safety rules. The two accidents point to flaws in design and the authority’s negligence regarding the same. The DMRC engineers should be more vigilant and act responsibly in future.
Neetu Banga, Delhi
Statues won’t get BSP votes
Rajdeep Sardesai in Empress of an idol dynasty (Beyond the Byte, July 10) has rightly pointed out Mayawati’s mistake of erecting her own statues in Uttar Pradesh. If she thinks that by doing so she will get more votes in the 2011 Assembly elections, then she is wrong. Mayawati should understand that using public money for erecting statues is not a good way of increasing her popularity in the state. Instead, she should have used the money for the welfare of the people. That would have ensured her victory.
Anmol Arora, via email
Rain or no rain, it doesn’t matter
P.V. Satheesh should be commended for presenting his views on the importance of traditional techniques in agriculture, as mentioned in Sky is not the limit (July 15). Unfortunately, the prime minister’s much-fancied National Rainfed Area Authority died a premature death. Even committees under the Panchayati Raj system have failed to deliver. Activities related to conservation and restoration of soil and irrigation facilities hardly find a mention in agriculture policies. Thus, it is even more remarkable that our farmers have proved that they can overcome various challenges.
J. George, via email
I agree with P.V. Satheesh’s analysis that our farmers possess agricultural wisdom that is passed on from one generation to the next. They know how not to be dependant on the monsoon. Our scientists should use this knowledge and supplement it with cutting-edge technology to help our farmers tide over the worst of times and conditions.
Vishisht Bhatia, Delhi
Health system is in bad shape
Lalita Panicker’s article We really need some intensive care (July 14) rightly illustrates the lackadaisical attitude of our health authorities. The health system in India is under the weather because of corruption, lack of effective policies and absence of periodic inspections. While private hospitals are mushrooming in metros, primary healthcare infrastructure is crumbling across India. Thousands qualify as doctors every year. But the lack of good infrastructure and job options leave them with no option but to run private clinics.
Amaninder Pal Sharma, Ludhiana
Imbreeding is not the answer
Apropos of the report Rajasthan sent Tiger siblings to repopulate Sariska (June 29), in the long run, ‘natural selection’ operates in wild populations and the threat from ‘inbreeding depression’ may be less compared to other decimating factors like disease, poaching or loss of habitat. It is neither necessary nor feasible to maintain a lineage stud book of wild populations, which learn to adapt to a new habitat. This will be eventually reflected in the genotypes of Sariska’s translocated tigers. The solutions for safeguarding such small populations range from habitat mosaic management, ensuring corridor connectivity to translocation of animals for geographical isolation. Thus the article has little merit since inbreeding hardly has any relevance in managing wild populations.
Rajesh Gopal, IGF and Member Secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority.