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The fading street vendors’ calls signify the end of an era

india Updated: Sep 17, 2010 22:01 IST
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The fading street vendors’ calls signify the end of an era

Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s article A different call game (Incidentally, September 11) on the ‘melodious’ calls of street vendors made for interesting reading. The writer’s ability to observe minute aspects of everyday life is praiseworthy. It’s true that glitzy malls can’t offer the services that vendors can provide. However, today, not many people acknowledge the latter’s importance. There will be a day when, unfortunately, mega stores and shopping complexes will render street vendors jobless.

K. Venkataraman, Delhi

Gandhi reminds the readers of the simple life in the past where need, and not greed, guided people’s shopping habits. What makes the street vendors’ calls unique for me is my inability to decipher them. So, to differentiate a peanut-seller from a vegetable vendor, I rely on the difference in their ‘tunes’.

Shahzad Zaman, Lucknow

Nothing in store for farmers

Pratik Kanjilal’s view, that of giving farmers cash subsidies, is impractical (Separate the wheat from the chaff, Speakeasy, September 11). The Minimum Support Price (MSP) programme protects farmers against an unprecedented dip in the market price of foodgrain. The Supreme Court’s directive to the central government to distribute rotting grain for free is inadvisable. The only solution is to build new silos to ensure that the produce purchased from farmers with taxpayers’ money doesn’t go to waste.

Sreemoy Ghose, via email

New Delhi is the real culprit

Samar Halarnkar in The problem is Delhi (Maha Bharat, September 16) rightly states that the volatile situation in the Valley calls for urgent action from New Delhi, not Srinagar. Since Independence, successive central governments have failed to address the grievances of the Kashmiri people. The Centre should understand their problems and aspirations and take prompt measures to tackle the problem. Also, separatists in the Valley must be stopped from fuelling the violence.

Vijay Karki, Dehradun

This refers to the editorial How to fix the trust (Our Take, September 15). Over the years, Kashmir has become a festering wound for India. Pakistan is using the present unrest as an opportunity to instigate Kashmiris against India. Repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act would be a bad strategy, as it will embolden terrorists. The need of the hour is good governance. If required, the Centre should replace Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with a more seasoned politician.

Suriender Shah, Delhi

M.S. Gill isn’t a good sport

This refers to the article On the mat (The Dialogue, September 16). Sports Minister M.S. Gill should be dismissed from the Cabinet for snubbing Sushil Kumar’s coach, Satpal. His action confirms that Gill doesn’t respect our sports icons and their mentors. Other than humiliating our athletes and inaugurating Commonwealth Games stadiums, Gill’s contribution to Indian sports is zilch.

Gulshan Kumar, via email

An imbalance of justice

The report 8 out of 16 former CJIs corrupt (September 17) raises question about the credibility of former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan, under whom corruption seems to have flourished in the judiciary. It’s important that he makes public the decisions, if any, he took to address the problem. The common man trusts the judiciary to check corruption in politics, the bureaucracy and the police — not help the guilty get away with their crimes.

Satya Narain Shukla, Lucknow