I agree with the report, Horsepower without horse sense (October 8), and feel that the traffic situation in Delhi has only worsened over the years. There are more vehicles than the city can sustain. It leads to traffic congestion and pollutes the environment. Not only is it unsafe to drive, but it is also a nightmare for pedestrians. Also, reckless drivers only add to the woes of Delhiites.
Jasmine Jose, Delhi
An ignoble decision
The editorial Nobel wins an Obama (Our Take, October 10) rightly stated that the Nobel Peace Prize has always been controversial. US President Barack Obama’s intentions of restoring peace in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and promoting disarmament are praiseworthy. But till date, no concrete step has been taken in either direction. Obama hasn’t yet proved himself to earn the award. But after winning it — or having been made to be the winner — he will be under pressure to rise to people’s expectations of making a better world.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
Awarding the Nobel to Obama could be a strategy to bolster the US’s dwindling image of being the omnipotent saviour of the world. Post-9/11 and with the recent economic recession, America is being seen as an ageing tiger that has lost its roar. To put the US back on the top spot and project its president as the most powerful man in the world, a world-class recognition was required.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Pakistan’s worst enemy
The report Taliban strike Pak army HQ (October 11) is another instance of how Pakistan is paying the price for its wrongdoings. The Taliban — which was created and nurtured to its present state by Pakistan — has now attacked the country’s army headquarters. This should be a wake-up call for the Pakistani government, which should join hands with India and the US to root out the Taliban before many more innocent lives are killed.
R.J. Khurana, Bhopal
Greenthumbs up for Borlaug
Sudhirendar Sharma in Miss the wood for the trees (October 7) stated that Norman Borlaug’s technology has led to the deterioration of plants and harmed our environment. But Sharma’s arguments lack convincing justification. Borlaug’s farming techniques have been employed not just in Punjab, but across the country and in many other agrarian societies across the globe. Almost every country has benefited from them. It’s true that India is again heading towards a food crisis. But this time the reasons are different and have nothing to do with flawed farming techniques.
M.S. Brar, Ludhiana