The Tracking Hunger campaign has been quite an eye-opener
Just when one thinks that the television news channels and newspapers bombard you with nothing but insignificant information, one stumbles upon gems like HT’s Tracking Hunger campaign. My heartfelt congratulations to the HT team for this initiative and I sincerely hope that the campaign doesn’t end all too soon. The findings of the campaign propels us to think that the much-hyped economic boom hasn’t been an inclusive one. Its benefits have failed to trickle down to the lowest strata of society. The financial resurgence will have little importance if it fails to help those who need help the most.
Shekhar Singh, California
The poor always get a raw deal
The report Hot rod horror brands children in Jharkhand (April 20) was very shocking. It revealed how the Indian government has failed to provide basic healthcare facilities to its people. It’s quite natural for the poor and the needy, who don’t have access to basic facilities to sustain themselves, to fall prey to superstitious beliefs and unscientific practices. The same has happened to the villagers in Jharkhand. The Centre must immediately take measures to prevent such practices and set up the basic facilities that people urgently require.
Manzar Imam Qasmi, Delhi
It was distressing to read about how hot iron rods are administered on little children in Jharkhand for lack of a basic healthcare facilities. Such reports make one wonder whether things were better when the area was a part of Bihar. However, the dismal condition of rural life in India seems to prove that breaking up the country into smaller states isn’t doing much good. The Centre must think over issues of infrastructure and sustenance before creating new states in a hurry because the poor and the needy never seem to get a better deal.
R.K. Agnihotri, via email
A beacon of judicial hope
This has reference to the report Jessica killer guilty beyond doubt: SC (April 20). The Jessica Lall murder case has finally been resolved with the culprits being brought to book. The conviction of Manu Sharma will go a long way in restoring people’s faith in the Indian judiciary, which seems to be easily manipulated by the rich and the powerful. The closure of the case shows that the common man’s battle has not been in vain.
This will serve in providing hope to people who are awaiting verdicts on similar cases.
Gautam Chandra, via email
Zardari in renunciation mode
The report Zardari signs Bill curbing his powers (April 20), came as a surprise as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari stripped himself of his powers to usher in democracy in Pakistan. This is certainly a positive development considering Zardari will no longer be pivotal to the functioning of the Pakistani State. Its Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will have a say in its workings being the de facto ruler of the state. However, whether parliamentary democracy survives in a feudal country like Pakistan is a different matter altogether.
Ramesh Sinha, Delhi
Caught on the wrong side
In his article A league of their own (April 19), Ashok Malik has presented a detailed picture of the Tharoor-Modi controversy — the latest chapter in the ongoing Indian Premier League saga that seems to turn murkier every day. Shashi Tharoor’s flimsy defence of his actions failed to cut ice with the leaders of the Congress party. An experienced diplomat like Tharoor should have known better than believing that he would get away with his unethical and unlawful behaviour.
Jyoti Rani, via email