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Out of control

india Updated: Mar 25, 2008 22:36 IST

Apropos of the editorial A dry run (March 25), an erratic power supply, fast-depleting ground water, choked roads and poor health facilities are not just the results of lack of implementation of laws and policies. They reflect our lack of vision. In our mad race for modernism and urbanisation, we have overlooked the basic principles of essential infrastructure before attempting such growth. We have failed to educate our masses on the proper use of available natural resources.

Ved Guliani, Hissar

Crime and punishment

With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article A Goa made in India (March 21), the media have dug up a lot of dirt about Fiona McKeown and she has been projected as an irresponsible mother. This may be true, but the fact is that her daughter Scarlette has been murdered and Fiona’s background and lifestyle cannot absolve the Goa police of its duty to ensure that the murderer is punished.

Ranjana Manchanda, via e-mail

No happiness formula

Apropos of the editorial Stressing about happiness (March 24), happiness does not necessarily have economic connotations. A statistical study reveals that about 50 per cent of one’s happiness depends on one’s genes, 10-15 per cent is a result of various factors such as health, marital status, income, etc. And the rest is due to unexplained variables. So one has to ponder as to whether the financial security sought by 99 per cent of Singaporeans will lead them to greater happiness.

Bhaskar Sen, via e-mail

Deft footwork

Pankaj Vohra in Wanted: A strong handshake (March 24) is right in saying that with many states in a bad shape and with assembly elections in many of them this year, the Congress president must go in for drastic surgery in the organisational set-up. It is a brilliant move by Sonia Gandhi to field young leaders in the party who can work honestly to build a strong Congress and a prosperous nation.

Manohar Lal Yadav, Alwar