The editorial The towers of Babel (Our Take, February 12) rightly states that while regulating cell sites, revenue should be the last concern for the government. There is scientific data available to prove that electromagnetic radiations from mobile base stations (BTSs) are dangerous to the health of people residing in the vicinity of these stations. Long-term exposure to radiations can damage the DNA structure and lead to fatal diseases like cancer. The solution lies in using outdoor microcells, which emit fewer radiations, over macro-cellular towers and base stations. It will also result in better utilisation of spectrums.
RRN Prasad, Gurgaon
Put more stress on intelligence
The bomb blast at the German Bakery in Pune, which claimed nine lives and injured dozens, confirms that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism continues to pose a grave threat to India (Terror is back, February 14). Targeting a bakery that’s frequently visited by foreigners shows that terrorists not only desire to disrupt peace in India but also want to tarnish our country’s global reputation. The Centre should take urgent measures to tighten our national security by making our intelligence agencies more accountable and increasing coordination among various security groups.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
All political parties should realise that their divisive politics are giving terrorists opportunities to execute their evil plans. The Pune bomb blast bears testimony to this. The entire nation’s attention was fixed on Mumbai where the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Shiv Sena had made a mountain out of a molehill with respect to the recently released movie My Name Is Khan. It is high time our politicians stop distracting the government's attention with their antics and all political parties unite to formulate a foolproof security policy that prevents us from terror attacks in the future.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
There is unity in diversity
Samrat’s article The only metropolis (February 12) praising Delhi’s multiculturalism was interesting. However, the comparison between Delhi and other metropolises is slightly sketchy. Being the national capital, Delhi is unarguably for all Indians. Since people from varied backgrounds have inhabited the capital for decades now, it is impossible to identify dominant culture of the city. However, the truth is that it is politicians, and not the common man, who are trying to divide our society on the lines of culture. Having been lived in Mumbai all my life, I am proud of the fact that millions of non-Marathis earn their livelihood from my city and, as a result, lead a respectable life.
Athul Pillai, via email
By the people, but not for them
With reference to Ramachandra Guha’s Mumbai monopoly (History Matters, February 15), it is baffling that even though the Marathi manoos has not benefited from the Senas’ ‘brand of politics’, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena managed to garner a substantial share of votes in the last assembly elections. It shows how democracy is being misused against the people of the state.
Hampi Chakrabarti, via email