The MCD is building a very bad reputation for itself
The editorial And they all fall down (Our Take, November 17) rightly highlights the problem of illegal and unsafe buildings in the capital. Neither the builders nor the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is bothered about them. The latter even gives permission to install telephone towers and billboards on many weak buildings.
There is another, bigger problem, which the editorial didn't touch on: the lack of enough empty space between two edifices, which makes it tough to conduct rescue operations in case of an accident.
N Kumar, Delhi
This is the PM's chance
It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has questioned the prime minister's silence on the 2G spectrum scam. But it is not unjustified. The PM, though he may not be directly involved in the scam, is committing a bigger crime by shielding the culprits. This is the PM's chance to prove his credibility and come clean. An honest reply to the court's questions will also help root out corruption.
Sant Prakash Gupta, Agra
A slew of scams over the past six months have brought to light the perils of coalition governments. The PM's claim that he didn't have any prior knowledge about these scams is hard to swallow. The truth is that the fear of displeasing the UPA's political allies has led to his inaction.
TK Krishna, via email
No takers for Rahul's rhetoric
It's still not clear who Rahul Gandhi is trying to impress with his BJP-bashing in Bihar. His claim that the Congress-led states have progressed more than the ones ruled by the BJP or NDA allies does not hold water. At a time when the Congress is struggling with various scams and the integrity of the head of the government is being questioned, Gandhi has no right to point fingers at other political parties.
A micro-level solution
Samar Halarnkar's article India's micro vision (Maha Bharat, November 18) on the importance of microfinance in 21st century India made for interesting reading. The government should invest in this sector to ensure that the poor are not left at the mercy of private players like Vikram Akula, who misguide people into taking loans at unreasonably high rates. If Akula genuinely wants to work towards the welfare of the people in rural India, he should first rework his business model.
Ashish Kolarkar, Bhopal
Tools to battle corruption
With reference to the editorial No southern comfort here (Our Take, November 18), it's unfortunate that corruption has engulfed each and every establishment in India, including the army. If no timely action is taken, India may soon become one of the world's most corrupt nations. The telecom scam shows that people can't depend on the government to act against the corrupt.
Therefore, they should rely on the judiciary and make good use of legal tools like the right to information act and public interest litigations to expose the enemies of the nation and prevent the cancer of corruption from spreading further.
Sudhakar Gaikwad, via email
Look who's talking!
The BJP is trying to close in on the Congress in the 2G spectrum case. But its chief minister in Karnataka is being accused of nepotism in a land deal. BS Yeddyurappa's explanations are unsatisfactory. The BJP should first set its house in order before accusing the Congress leadership of being corrupt.
Sehar Ali, via email