Only a miracle can help Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who believes that all projects related to the Commonwealth Games will be completed by the end of August (Sheila sets Aug 31 deadline for projects, July 10). With half of the capital being dug up, Dikshit must be really optimistic to think that Delhi will be ready for the Games in another month’s time. In fact, perfectly fine pavements are being broken down to refit them with coloured tiles. Wonder what difference colour will make when the footpaths are going to be cloaked in dust.
Manjula Pal, Delhi
Spare the rod, spare the child
The report Boy jumped from school balcony after beating (July 9) has once again brought to light that children, these days, need to be shown more sensitivity than before. Clearly, punishment and humiliation aren’t the best ways to discipline them as can be seen from recent incidents. School authorities must take measures so as to not alienate children.
Vinita Nayyar, via email
Few guests at the party
This refers to Shekhar Iyer’s article In the shadow of L.K. Advani (Big Picture, July 8). I was a staunch supporter of the BJP and its ideologies. But unfortunately, the party seems to have lost its charisma today. The party think tank should invest more thought towards reinstating the party’s supremacy.
SP Sharma, Samastipur
Only cosmetic changes
Pankaj Vohra in his article It’s the name of the game (Between Us, July 5) seems to be making generalisations when he says that regional parties lead in changing names of cities. Regional parties have been in power in Tamil Nadu since 1967. Why is it that Madras was changed to Chennai only in 1996? Changing the name Calcutta to Kolkata, or Bombay to Mumbai, implies nothing except for the assertion of regional chauvinism.
Govardan Pillai, via email