There’s no room for a ‘chalta hai’ attitude
Vir Sanghvi presents a simplistic explanation of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) mess in his article Old India has failed New India, again (Counterpoint, September 26). Sanghvi blames Jaipal Reddy and M.S. Gill but lets Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit off the hook. She has let down Delhiites, who voted her to power thrice. The CWG fiasco is not a result of a clash between New and Old Indias. It’s the outcome of politicians like Dikshit’s ‘chalta hai’ attitude towards their duties.
Vijay Chawla, Delhi
Sanghvi’s article presents an accurate account of how politicians have missed the opportunity to showcase India’s prowess at organising mega-events. Till old and corrupt babus and netas continue to be at the helm of Indian polity, there will be many more CWG-like debacles. It’s sad that young politicians — who promised to transform Indian politics for good in the last elections — are always present in Page 3 parties but are nowhere to be seen in Parliament.
Mitali Nandi, Delhi
A balancing act
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article Act now, act right (Sunday Sentiments, September 26) the demand to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is being made by only those who are in the favour of the state’s secession from India. In the 90s, the Army was deployed in Kashmir to curb cross-border terrorism, as the J&K police was ill-equipped to deal with it. It’s hard to believe that the armymen will go around killing innocents for no valid reason.
R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh
Thapar’s article resembled a ‘drawing room’ discussion on the Kashmir problem, as he didn’t make any new point. Why are we shutting our eyes to both the real problems of the Valley and politicians’ lies? The Kashmir problem is essentially a religious one, with the Muslim community trying to get the better of Hindus. Their demand for Kashmir’s azadi is unreasonable.
Rajiv Mahajan, via email
Work out a solution
India’s rapid growth has made its citizens lazy and overweight. This is what the report Indian bodies need more exercise (September 26) seems to convey. It’s interesting that we now need scientific studies to understand the importance of working out. It’s not surprising to learn that Indians need to exercise more than westerners. Our eating habits have drastically changed over the years. The urban population, in fact, seems to survive on fast food and colas alone.
Sudeep Tripathi, Bhopal
Why so serious?
Dhamini Ratnam’s article Indians on the couch (Big Story, September 26) deals with a serious problem. The desire to strike it rich has taken over the youth in such a way that it’s causing various medical problems. It’s important for youngsters to realise the important of taking things easy.
Daya Seth, via email