The editorial From wetlands to drylands (Our Take, June 19) rightly highlights the problem of drought-like conditions in urban areas, which are intensifying by the year. The drying up of the Sultanpur Lake in Gurgaon exposes the apathy of the officials concerned towards the problem. Over the past few years, while the population in major cities and the migration of people from semi-urban and rural areas to metros have increased, there has been no change in the quantity of available resources. The resulting imbalance in the distribution of natural resources is the main reason for the their depletion.
Ramesh Sinha, Delhi
The colour of prejudice
With reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article Out of time (Maha Bharat, June 17), the British misrepresented India by typecasting its people as snake-charmers. Today, after six decades of the Raj, we are aping them by labelling all Africans as ‘tribals’. This habit of stereotyping exposes the failure of our education system.
Niloufer Venkatraman, via email
As an Indian who grew up in Africa, it rankles me to watch my people, especially the educated class, behave in a xenophobic manner. I wish to thank Halarnkar for expressing his views on the issue.
Miriam Joseph, via email
Going against the natural flow
Congratulations to KumKum Dasgupta for her article A dam big scandal (June 17). Undoubtedly, the Ganga has fallen prey to greed
and bureaucratic corruption. The decision to construct dams on the Bhagirathi, the Alaknanda and
the Ganga in Uttarakhand will do more harm than good to both the rivers and the people around them. The government should take into account opinions of environment experts before causing further
damage to nature in the name of development.
Rudranand Thakur, via email
A party to development
This has reference to the report PM wants 4 per cent agriculture growth (June 20). To deal with a national crisis like finding ways to increase agricultural output, our politicians should not hesitate to learn from their political rivals. The UPA government should look to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is being praised for his irrigational techniques, which are integral to boosting crop production. The Centre should urge all state governments to imbibe the methodology employed by the Modi government. Inter-party differences should not hamper national development.
Manjula Pal, Delhi