The money lost in scams could have been used to subsidise fuel
With reference to Namita Bhandare’s article Is there anybody out there? (Another Day, May 26), people have the right to be angry with the government over the recent increase in the price of petrol. The nation has lost a large amount of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money in the various scams in which many UPA members are involved. If the government had prevented those scams from happening, the money could have been used to provide subsidies on fuel prices and initiate new welfare schemes for the poor. So the government is only rubbing salt into the common man’s wounds by increasing fuel prices every now and then.
NK Bhatia, via email
Bhandare has hit the nail on the head with her argument that our politicians are completely out of touch with us and our problems. It’s true that they care only about themselves. Part of the problem is that people are so used to being mistreated by the political class that they rarely raise their voice against it. However, the government can’t take people for granted anymore. We must make our netas realise that to stay in power they will have to connect with the masses and address their problems.
Bishan Bedi, via email
Loopholes in the Kashmir report
Barkha Dutt’s article Federalism for J&K? (Third Eye, May 26) makes for an interesting reading. The interlocutors’ report on Kashmir is not only self-contradictory, but also highlights that the team does not understand the real problems that plague the state. On the one hand the report states that the “clock cannot be reversed”, but, on the other, it recommends a review of the central laws on Kashmir. It doesn’t deal with the issue of the Kashmiri Pandits seriously either. The report is aimed at appeasing the separatists in the Valley and getting their votes.
Ramesh Manvati, Delhi.