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Stop warning, start acting

The decision to use pictorial warnings on cigarette packets is a well-thought-out one. But whether it will discourage people from smoking is doubtful.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2009 22:41 IST

Stop warning, start acting
The decision to use pictorial warnings on cigarette packets is a well-thought-out one. But whether it will discourage people from smoking is doubtful. Cigarette packets have always warned people against the ill-effects of smoking, but people don’t seem to be bothered about the message. The only way to put an end to smoking is by banning it and shutting down the factories where tobacco products are manufactured. After all, health of citizens is more important than the revenue earned from tobacco sales. But for that, the authorities should have the will to work in the public interest.
KV Seetharamaiah, via email

A failure of ideology
Rajdeep Sardesai’s analysis on the BJP’s failure in this election, as stated in Past its blooming period (Beyond the Byte, May 29), is accurate. The party’s gradual decline is a result of its regressive policies and its affinity towards extremist groups like the RSS. In the ‘90s, it rose to power only because of the failure of the Congress and people’s desire for a change. The BJP has failed miserably to capitalise on the opportunities it got in the last 10 years. Therefore, the reasons for its downfall lie in its ideology. The BJP should learn some lessons from the Congress if it wishes to make a comeback.
Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Delhi

Clean energy, healthy future
It was heartening to read how the Banaras Hindu University is contemplating a pilot project on serving solar-power cooked lunch to hostellers. There is no doubt that energy conservation is the need of the hour. It is high time we switch to cleaner fuels. It is the duty of both — the government and citizens — to ensure we do not waste natural resources. What Banaras Hindu University intends to do is praiseworthy and inspirational. More universities and institutions should adopt similar strategies and contribute towards conserving non-renewable energy resources.
Somi Tandon, Meerut

Students must be protected
The racial discrimination against Indians in Australia reminds us of Gandhiji’s struggle in South Africa. It is imperative that these attacks are condemned by not just Indians but the international community. The government must protect the ties between the two countries which seem to have got strained because of the unruly behaviour of some misguided youths. The racial abuse has left Indian students wary of applying to Australian universities. The Australian government must promise security to our students if it wants them to study there.
Kishore Rajurkar, Delhi

Forgotten, but not gone
This is with reference to the report Nithari case judge transferred (June 1). I wish to congratulate HT for bringing the Nithari case back into spotlight. Almost everyone had forgotten about the barbaric crime that happened almost two years ago and had shocked the nation. At a time when the judicial system should be speeding up the proceedings, the transfer of the presiding judge will only hamper its progress. The culprits will roam around free while people will again forget about it. There is a need for the government to intervene and put the process back on track.
Chhavi Choudhary, via email

A most dubious distinction
The news that the MCD receives the maximum number of RTI complaints doesn’t surprise us. The high levels of corruption prevalent in the MCD were exposed during the demolition drive in the Capital last year. Almost everyone knows that there is no transparency in the way the MCD functions and corruption prevails in all its sub-departments. But, today, with the RTI, people have the power to question its way of functioning. They can now check the status of their pending jobs and find out why is it taking time. The Delhi Police followed the MCD and received the second-highest number of RTI applications. Even that is self-explanatory.
Rajesh Mehta, Delhi