The only way to meet the MDG goals is to keep them in sight
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s article Walk the other way (Incidentally, September 25) was interesting, but the road to achieving the Millennium Development Goals is a difficult one. Our leaders are trying to use a strong GDP growth rate to distract us from real problems, which, in turn, are widening the chasm between the haves and have-nots. Our politicians lack the foresight to preserve and plan for the coming generations, and are only interested in filling their own coffers. Unless we can return to the planet half of what we have utilised so far, there is very little hope.
Daulat Lalani, via email
Not in the public’s interest
With reference to the editorial Let’s build on the positives (Our Take, September 30), the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) is praiseworthy, but it isn’t up to the mark. It has failed to guarantee employment to the most destitute sections of the country, and a major part of the funds continue to be diverted to the deep pockets of intermediaries and officials. Checking corruption has always been a daunting task in our country. Social audits will fail to serve the purpose, unless backed by some stringent steps to plug leakages.
Siddharth Mehndiratta, Yamunanagar
Let’s put our best foot forward
Samar Halarnkar in his article Let the Games begin (Maha Bharat, September 30), is right in stating that we must try and be a part of the Games fervour. The media should not be in negative mode at a time when India needs to put its best foot forward. I’m sure our guests will have the opportunity to judge our preparedness for themselves. The event is expected to throw up new national sportstars and it’s time to focus our attention on them.
Vidya R., via email
Beware of Pak’s track record
The editorial A proliferation of sticks now (Our Take, September 29) was right in arguing that if the war against the Taliban and other terrorist groups is to be won, it must first be fought in the power corridors of Islamabad and Washington. But the US continues to sit on the fence — blaming Pakistan of harbouring terrorism, while giving it billions of dollars and weapons to use against India. This needs to change before anything else.
Sachin Kumar, Begusarai
It’s clear that the US has realised that Pakistan needs to be dealt with sternly to crush its network of terrorists, but must not forget that the Pakistanis are past masters in playing a dangerous double game. Perhaps they need to take determined action against the Pakistani establishment, like they did in Iraq.
H.L. Dhawan, via email
Languishing in no man’s land
Sumit Mitra in Don’t play with fire (September 29) has aptly concluded that populism is good politics but bad economics. Mamata Banerjee may have gained a handful of parliamentary seats, but has done so at a huge social cost. Till date the fate of the surrendered land is not known. Neither is the land being used for collective farming, nor is there any sign of her proposed integral coach factory. The problem with land acquisition is that it tends to get stuck in sundry other issues, like environment and rehabilitation.
D.R. Gulati, via email
No age limit for excellence
Shobhaa De’s views in The swinging sixties (September 25) were inspiring. There is no doubt that she has excelled in her field, and continues to battle it out with determination and perseverance, despite her advancing years. Perhaps the key to her success lies in leading a purpose-driven life.
P. Pradeep, Sagar