The Centre must get out of its Nero syndrome and act
The report Fighting red terror (May 18) proved how our government hasn’t learnt anything from the previous Dantewada attack. It’s appalling that even after several attacks by the Naxals, the Centre chooses not to take any measures to secure the area and clear it of the Naxalites. Repeated assaults by extremist forces both from outside and within the nation only go to show how nonchalant our government is about our safety. While innocent people die the Centre prefers to engage in peace talks that almost always get suspended.
S.P. Sharma, Mumbai
Every second day, trained police and paramilitary personnel lose their lives along with civilians, thanks to an irresponsible government. In spite of having enough intelligence inputs on the growing threat of the Naxals, the Centre seems indifferent to the issue. While people suffer, the central and the state governments blame each other. The Naxal threat is worsening and reflects the failure of the home ministry in tackling the issue. P. Chidambaram should realise that whatever has been done till now isn’t enough and the Centre needs to put more effort and thought into sorting out this issue.
L.C. Kapur, via email
Broken train of thought
The editorial Off the rails once again (Our Take, May 18) rightly pointed out that even a slight degree of mismanagement can lead to an accident. The stampede at New Delhi railway station reflects the callous attitude of the railway officials who lack the basic knowledge about handling a crisis. Also the railway ministry should improve infrastructure at stations. The recent accident occurred due to negligence on the part of the railway officials. Immediate steps should be taken to ensure passenger safety.
Salman Ghani, Patna
It is ironic how Sheila Dikshit is reiterating Delhi’s readiness to host the upcoming Commonwealth Games, when its railway stations aren’t even equipped to handle a crisis as was evident from the recent stampede. Railways form a crucial part of our transportation network and proper management and security ought to be in place to deal with any emergency. The complacent attitude of our politicians and ministers needs to change. One cannot absolve oneself of accountability by announcing compensation for lives lost. The railway ministry must take action to avoid such incidents in future.
Yeshoda Bhargava, Delhi
Clarity begins at home
Ramachandra Guha rightly states in Lost on home ground (History Matters, May 17) that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should focus on tackling internal crises before strengthening India’s ties with other nations. He should interact with the media more often and engage in public discussions. Guha also clearly establishes that Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi have overshadowed the prime minister in the past six years of UPA rule. This doesn’t bode well for our democracy.
Bal Govind, Noida
We cannot breathe easy
With reference to the report Govt ready to fight air pollution ahead of Games (May 16), it’s surprising that the government has decided to purify Delhi’s air only because the Commonwealth Games are approaching. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in India and has the maximum number of vehicles in the country. So, the fight against air pollution should be a continuing effort and not guided by the Games’ schedule.
Manmeet Grover, via email