Quick to anger, quick to forget
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article No gripes of wrath (Sunday Sentiments, July 29). Everyone knows that President Pranab Mukherjee has a short fuse. In his previous roles as the head of different key ministries, Mukherjee never tolerated mistakes and came down hard on anyone who made an error. But it’s also true that he cools off quickly. Thapar deserves a pat on his back for presenting an interesting and accurate description of the new president of India.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Thapar did not cross the line by asking Mukherjee tough questions while interviewing him for his TV shows in the past. It’s a journalist’s duty to ask inconvenient questions to interviewees and get the truth out of them.
SC Vaid, via email
It’s the same ‘old’ story
With reference to the article Old’s not always gold (Chanakya, July 29), the UPA government, it seems, doesn’t trust its young members. That’s why though many of them are ministers, they don’t have a say in the government’s functioning. As a result, senior ministers — many of them are well past their shelf lives — continue to rule the nation. The prime minister could have given a chance to young ministers in the latest Cabinet reshuffle. But he has disappointed us once again.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
There were no surprises in last week’s Cabinet reshuffle. It was, like many other in the past, a futile exercise. Juggling key ministries among a handful of ministers won’t benefit either the government or the common man. There’s no dearth of articulate and qualified young ministers in the UPA. With two years to go for the general elections, they can do a power of good to the UPA’s image by reaching out to the youth. It’s about time that the government changed with the times.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
Work things out for workers
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Labour’s love lost (Red Herring, July 29), the recent violence at the Maruti-Suzuki plant in Manesar was a result of poor management. Senior managers of Maruti seem to be insensitive towards the demands of the workers. The state government, which cares only about earning revenue from big corporates, is also indifferent to their condition. Companies like Maruti should re-evaluate their work culture and become more worker-friendly.
Yedendra Kumar, via email
Young, restless and demanding
This refers to Samar Khurshid’s article Catch them young (Focus, July 29). Bringing up a child doesn’t mean giving in to all of his/her demands. Children today have become very demanding. They are over-confident and lazy. The fault lies with parents, who are not passing on any values to their children. They believe that their duty stops at fulfilling their unending demands. But this is not the solution. Rather, doing this increases children’s expectations from parents, which creates many problems later in life.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
The answer lies in technology
This refers to Zia Haq and Gaurav Choudhury’s article India’s mid-summer nightmare (The Big Story, July 29). On the one hand, India takes pride in being a technology-friendly nation, while, on the other, we hav-en’t been able to use technology to reduce farmers’ dependence on the undependable monsoon rains. Perh-aps researchers and agriculturists can work together to devise a system through which rainwater from areas where it rains in excess can be used to irrigate fields in states which don’t receive adequate rains.
Man Mohan Bhatia, Delhi
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