This refers to the report Posco puts Orissa on the boil again (May 16). The Orissa government is to be blamed for the use of violence against peaceful protesters opposing their forced displacement by Posco’s proposed steel plant. The high-handedness and ruthlessness with which the police dealt with the situation made it clear that they had the government’s support. The people of Jagatsinghapur have been resisting the Posco project since 2005. If the project goes through it will displace over 40,000 people and jeopardise the water supply from Mahanadi to Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The project has several drawbacks.
Prasad Boddupalli, via email
When funds are a maya
With reference to the report On 3rd birthday bash, Maya hits out at Congress (May 14), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s criticism of the Congress is justified. The UPA has long held back financial grants meant for the country’s largest and most populous state. It’s time the Centre took appropriate measures to improve the abysmal state of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh as that’s the only way to bring about progress.
Rukhsana Khan, Lucknow
Gone but not forgotten
Former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s death marks the end of an era in Indian politics. Shekhawat was one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh, which later evolved into the BJP. One remembers Shekhawat for his simplicity, courage and conviction. His death is a loss for India.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad
The promised land’s here
It was amazing to learn that an American wants to give up his US citizenship to become an Indian (US war vet wants to be an Indian, May 15). Living in an age where every third Indian wants to move to the West, war veteran Jeff Knaebel’s plea for acquiring Indian citizenship comes as a surprise. The government should grant him his wish as this may inspire others to look at India as a land with promise.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
It’s not all games for people
The report Govt ready to fight air pollution ahead of Games (May 16) leaves one with the impression that the government is doing all this only for the Commonwealth Games. It reflects the myopic approach of Sheila Dikshit who for so many years has been unresponsive to the issue
of atmospheric and environmental pollution. Now suddenly with the Games, Delhi is turning into a world-class city overnight. When will the Delhi government stop doing things for the sporting extravaganza and start taking measures to make life a wee bit easier for the common man?
A.L. Agarwal, Delhi