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india Updated: Jun 16, 2013 02:28 IST

We must waste not, want not

With reference to the report Spare a thought before you waste (Focus, June 9), it is a matter of shame that in India, which is home to the largest number of hungry people in the world, a quantity of wheat equivalent to the entire production of Australia goes to waste.

Despite millions of the country’s children starving, little is done to prevent food grain from rotting in the open. However, criticising the government will not solve the problem.

People on an individual level should ensure that no food is wasted at home and leftover food is donated to poor families or NGOs who will send the food to those who are in need of it.

We must also realise that colossal wastage of food is a significant contributor to global warming. Before the government passes the National Food Security Bill in Parliament, it must take effective measures to increase the food grain storage capacity.

Manoj Parashar, Ghaziabad

The Goa party went awry

With reference to the article Old whine in old bottles (Chanakya, June 9), the BJP’s national executive meet in Goa should have been used as a platform to leverage the anti-Congress mood and discuss strategies to revive its lost electoral base.

Sadly, it was reduced to a battle of personalities. In any democratic set-up, there would always be friction and difference of opinions.

Ideally, any opposition to Narendra Modi’s elevation as the BJP’s national campaign chief should have been dealt with before making the announcement in Goa.

Senior party leaders like LK Advani should stop bickering as this will only inflict more damage on the party’s electoral prospects.

Bal Govind, via email


It is appalling that a leader of Advani’s stature is today seen more as a liability than an asset to the BJP but he has no one but himself to blame for this.

Advani should stop putting his ambitions of becoming prime minister above the party’s interest and must realise that it is Modi and not he who is riding the wave.

GK Arora, Delhi

Their intentions are suspect

With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Oh, tell us Daddy (Red Herring, June 9), the way the writer has satirically highlighted the political parties’ reluctance to come within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) is just hilarious.

However, on a serious note, this resistance reflects our country’s politicians’ half-hearted commitment towards accountability and transparency.

It’s time they realised that political parties are public authorities and they are answerable to the public. Though the government has talked about moving the high court on this issue, the Central Information Commissioner must leave no stone unturned to bring political parties under the RTI purview.

Bhanu Pratap, via email

It’s just power play now

Karan Thapar in No gentleman’s game (Sunday Sentiments, June 9) is right in saying that since the spot-fixing scandal has surfaced, cricket is no longer a gentleman’s game.

The alleged involvement of politicians, umpires and the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan has further tainted the game’s image.

Gagandeep, via email

Keep a finger on the pulse

With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article Let’s just be patient (Loose Canon,June 9), though India scores high on medical tourism, it has done little to make medical innovations accessible to its countrymen who cannot afford and access them.

The government must ensure that the best of medical practices make their way to rural areas also.

CP Chinda, via email

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