With reference to the editorial Basics first, dreams later (Our Take, October 14), it is sad story that due to the negligence of the authorities, hapless children continue to fall into uncovered borewells. The real worry is the regularity with which these horrible incidents occur. This time, two-year-old Sonu wasn’t as lucky as Prince, whose ordeal, captured live, had horrified the nation. Suspending the guilty from service or giving compensation to the families of the victims is not enough. A permanent solution is the need of the hour to prevent these meaningless deaths.
T Singh, via email
NIC’s invisible message
Pankaj Vohra in Time to rise above politics (Between us, October 13) has emphasised the need for utilising the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) for solving the problems of the country like terrorism, communalism and law and order issues. But, predictably, our political parties are not going to use this opportunity to solve any problems and will only aggravate them for political purposes. If our political establishment was so concerned, then why is the NIC meeting held after more than three years? It is unworthy to expect any positive outcome from this meeting.
Sunil K Vidyarthi, Delhi
In the wake of the recent terror attacks and atrocities against Christians, NIC’s attempts to examine the roots of national integrity and pluralism are significant. In fact, a strong political consensus is needed for taking action against the perpetrators of communal violence. But unfortunately, the aggressors have been allowed to run amok due to the lack of political courage. Ruling political parties should realise the need for a broad consensus on suppressing radical elements, or else soon they might not have a nation worth governing.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
Thrifty on national security
Arun Prakash’s article It pays to have security (October 13), revealed the loopholes in the Sixth Central Pay Commission. The government cannot afford to err on this issue at the cost of national security. It seems the 6th CPC has left many with the feeling of being cheated. One cannot say how many more committees will be needed to set things right. The government should review the report to make it employee-friendly and acceptable to all.
Rajesh Mehta, Delhi
The 6th CPC should have representation from all sections, including the defence forces. Sadly, the demand made by the defence forces, seeking representation in the CPC, was set aside. The government should appoint a Chief of Defence Staff who will represent the Forces and address better the security concerns of the nation and make the defence personnel not feel let down.
HL Dhawan, via email
Pulling back from the edge
The rise and fall of the dollar and a disturbing inflation rate have brought the Indian economy to the edge of a crisis. Can’t the Prime Minister, who heads the political system with an able Finance Minister, do anything to arrest this economic slide? The media should not spread panic without first validating the veracity of any information. We could be standing at the portal of an economic disaster. Let us bring our heads together, calmly, to overcome it with macro-economic reforms.
Farzana Nigar, via email