The law should be the same for all those guilty in the CWG scam
Pankaj Vohra calls a spade a spade in his article We're not ready to play the game (Between Us, August 23). It's true that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Sports Minister M.S. Gill are as responsible as Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi for the slow pace of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) preparations. In our country, corruption has become a way of life. The corrupt, even if caught red-handed, rarely get punished. Let's hope that the government doesn't let off those guilty for the various CWG scams just because they are senior public officials.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
An embarrassment of riches
This refers to the report MPs salaries to rise three-fold (August 21). The statistics compiled by the National Election Watch on our MPs' assets reveal that as many as 315 out of the 544 Lok Sabha MPs, and 43 out of the 54 newly-elected Rajya Sabha MPs, are millionaires. Interestingly, the average assets declared by the 43 MPs of the Upper House is R25.24 crore. Now, do our parliamentarians really need an increase in their salaries?
Abhijit Roy, Jamshedpur
In today's day and age, it's impossible to find a single person who is happy with his earnings. But the common man, unlike our MPs, does not make a hue and cry about it.
He works hard to make ends meet. If he is given the power to revise his own income, the aam aadmi will follow in MPs' footsteps. Parliamentarians have made a mockery of themselves and our democratic setup with this ruckus over their salaries. They are filling their coffers at the expense of the common man, who is bearing the brunt of the price rise. The UPA should stop fooling the people by calling itself a people's government.
V. Venkitasubramanian, Mumbai
Many grains of truth
Manoj Kumar in Start a hungama (August 23) suggests practical solutions to address the problems of hunger and malnutrition. He is right that neither 'universalisation' of the public distribution system (PDS) nor fortification of foodgrain will help people. The only solution is to identify the areas that need the government's attention on an urgent basis. It's impossible to resolve the crisis without sufficient data.
Agrima Bhasin, Delhi
Read between the lines
With reference to the editorial Being second brings hope (Our Take, August 21), the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has finally behaved rationally in admitting that Islamicist terror groups pose a bigger threat to Pakistan's peace than India. However, New Delhi should not get carried away for the ISI is known for its cunning. However, acknowledging the problem alone won't benefit either Pakistan or India. Islamabad must also act against terror.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai
The sum of its parts
As the editorial Liable to cause more confusion (Our Take, August 24) rightly states that putting the liability on fuel suppliers will scare away potential foreign clients. Separate liability caps for suppliers and plant operators are not required as in the case of a mishap victims will be compensated under product liability, which includes all guilty parties. A nuclear reactor is made up of thousands of components and involves more than one supplier.
It is difficult to blame any one for an accident.
Siri Wasan, Noida