With reference to the editorial Many needles of suspicion (Our Take, August 6), it appears that politicians are involved in scams of every kind. From Bofors to fodder to telecom, and now the Commonwealth Games, there seems to be no end to their propensity to loot. Suresh Kalmadi’s refusal to acknowledge his role in all the illegal deals reveals more than it hides. The involvement of several CWG office-bearers in the scandal has not only disappointed the public at large but has also brought shame to our country. Once the Games are over, that is if they take place at all, the guilty must be punished.
S.K. Shah, via email
The deserts can bloom
The editorial Main course as starters (Our Take, August 4) aptly pointed out that India needs to usher in some changes in its strategies to increase agricultural production. The Green Revolution of 1960s needs to be repeated to boost our agricultural production to cater to a growing population. Needless to say, lakhs of hectares of desert land in Rajasthan need to be converted into fertile soil by initiating dry land farming. However, agriculture subsidy must be treated with some caution. In spite of constraints we must help the farmers, who struggle for life everyday.
Shreeprakash Sharma, via email
Digging up the dirt
The report Cannot Place: Shoppers’ nightmare (August 4) correctly stated that several areas of Delhi have been unnecessarily dug up in the name of beautification for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. It is a matter of grave concern why the government woke up so late to the mess that the capital has come to symbolise. It’s absolutely unreasonable for the authorities to make the common man go through such pains when the Games will be held not on the city roads but in selected venues.
Amalesh Chakraborty, via email
Fiddling while Kashmir burns
This refers to the report Kashmir on the boil (August 5), Kashmir is again on the brink. Curfews and flag marches bring about momentary respite but a final solution to the problem that the country is facing since Independence remains elusive. What is amazing about the Kashmir conundrum is that no one is willing to find a solution. If referendum or plebiscite can solve the issue then it must be carried out. It’s criminal for the government to sit and watch while civilians and soldiers die.
A.S. Srivastava, via email
Death around every corner
Samar Halarnkar in A night without end (Maha Bharat, August 5) correctly pointed out that each death in Kashmir just adds fuel to the fire and the same is true for every new protest by Kashmiris. The separatist leaders incite the masses and then they either go underground or are arrested leaving the youth in the lurch. The situation in Kashmir is getting out of hand and unless the government takes firm steps to quell the disturbances, there will only be more death and destruction.
Shivam Swami, via email
Defend the defenceless
With reference to the report Law to protect whistleblowers on cabinet table (August 5), the government introduced the Whistleblowers (Protection in Public Interest Disclosures) Bill, in 2006 to provide protection to people who bring to light specific instances of illegality, criminality and corruption in any public or private enterprise. The murder of Right To Information (RTI) activist Amit Jethwa in Gujarat makes it imperative for the bill to be made into a law. The grievances of RTI activists regarding the failures of the Central Vigilance Commission also needs to be looked into.
Rajender Goyal, Delhi