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Showing all the signs of a desperate diet

india Updated: Apr 05, 2010 22:05 IST
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Showing all the signs of a desperate diet
The photograph published in relation to the story on malnutrition, Will food bill help the children? (April 5) does not appear to be that of children with severe malnutrition — either marasmus or kwashiorkor. This is evident from a perusal of the mid-arm of the children and also from the fact that their eyes are not swollen. The children could possibly be having ascites (fluid in the abdomen), the medical cause of which needs to be ascertained (kidney failure or something else).
Prof H.P.S. Sachdev, former President,
Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Delhi

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This has reference to the report, Not enough food, so children learn to eat mud (April 05). It is shocking to note the stark divide between the haves and have-nots in India today. While India projects itself as a burgeoning superpower in the making, it fails to provide basic necessities to its citizens. The sordid reality about how children in Allahabad eat mud to sate their hunger is sad. It’s time for us taxpayers to ask our government: where our money is going and seek accountability for every paise we are made to pay in the name of taxes.
Ritu Gupta, Delhi

House grouse for MLAs
The report Want to know our MLAs’ wishlist? Read on… (April 3), was appalling. It’s ridiculous for our MLAs to demand luxury apartments built for the Commonwealth Games at subsidised rates. The report rightly exposed their greed. Our politicians should at least have some scruples to realise that it is unfair to burden the exchequer with such demands. The matter should immediately be brought to the notice of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Madhu Agarwal, Delhi

Anything for the sake of news
The media, it seems, can’t get over the latest scoop of the Sania Mirza-Shoaib Malik wedding, Shoaib arrives, Sania bats for him (April 4). The incessant coverage of the Sania-Shoaib affair on some TV channels has turned obsessive, negative and intrusive. The media by continuously publicising the incident is clearly violating the basic right to privacy that the couple is entitled to. It’s insensitive and boorish to pry into people’s private lives simply because it makes for entertaining television.
J.M. Manchanda, Delhi

The Big Bang and us
This has reference to the editorial Buy now! E=mc2! (The Pundit, April 1). The nature of the cosmos is one of the greatest scientific mysteries. Scientists today are still grappling with the issue of how the universe began and what ensued during the first split seconds after the Big Bang. The results of the world’s largest experiment by CERN will be of fundamental importance to physics, as it would probably take us closer to unraveling the many complexities that make this universe.
G. David Milton, via email