With reference to the editorial The atoms of nuclear terror (Our Take, April 14), the misleading statements by the Delhi government about the leakage of the radioactive substance, Cobalt 60, at a scrapyard in Mayapuri, West Delhi, were irresponsible to say the least. Are the authorities so ignorant that they are unaware of what damage can be caused by exposure to nuclear radiation? It is only a matter of time before the victims’ families demand answers for the serious injuries that the victims have suffered. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should be more careful before asking people not to panic just because that would temporarily reassure citizens.
Ashish Rai, via email
Work towards an inclusive society
Sagarika Ghose in Chart a new course (Bloody Mary, April 14) rightly pointed out that the UPA’s charitable schemes almost always reflect its encouragement of dynastic politics. And if politics becomes an oligarchy to push the interests of a certain privileged class of society, no amount of food or educational schemes will remove the social apartheid that affects the rich and the poor in India. Efforts must be made to build an inclusive society that is sensitive to public needs irrespective of class superiority.
J.L. Ganjoo, Delhi
The key issues were bypassed
The report PM: world has failed to stop N-trafficking (April 14) was a clear indication of the fact that no significant dialogue transpired between Barack Obama and Manmohan Singh at the the nuclear security summit held recently in Washington. Apart from the fact that there seems to be no consensus between India and the US on the Af-Pak issue, there was also no discussion on the nature of the nuclear terror threats that confronts India today. One wonders what the prime minister achieved by spending an extra day in Washington if key diplomatic issues were bypassed at the summit.
Hari Parmeshwar, via email