This is just the beginning of the IPL's murky innings
The report Misdeeds unmasked (April 27) correctly highlighted the bungling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) under the supervision of Lalit Modi. The missing documents that deal with the auctioning and other details of the teams reflect how Modi has abused his power. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should have known better than to leave the reins of the tournament in the hands of Modi alone. The whole IPL affair is far from over. It will be a while before the truth emerges about all the murky deals involved in the affair.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Dial E for eavesdropping
With reference to the report Amid House uproar, PC denies phone taps (April 27), the practice of tapping the phone lines of political opponents and dissidents has been in place since the time of Indira Gandhi. Irrespective of party affiliations, ruling governments in the past have traced phone calls of opponents and the practice continues to this day. It is ironic that technology, which would have been useful in combating terrorist attacks, is being used to defend the government. The Opposition's demand for a thorough probe into the matter is justified, as the practice is undemocratic in that it amounts to violation of privacy.
S N Verma, via email
Home Minister P Chidambaram's claim that there has been no tapping of phone lines or eavesdropping on politicians' conversations is doubtful. It seems that the UPA government is devoid of all scruples. Tapping phone lines and planting informers among the Opposition amount to a criminal waste of resources that could have been better utilised in safeguarding the nation from terrorist threats. Instead, the ruling party is using security agencies as a tool to indulge in petty politics.
Shariq Shamim, via email
Let's drink to our health
The editorial A drought of imagination (Our Take, April 26) rightly focused on the water crisis that plagues our nation. Leaving the responsibility to undertake measures for conservation to the government is not enough.
We, as citizens, will have to involve ourselves in conserving water and supervising the implementation of such measures. There is need for more research into innovative ways and techniques to preserve and recycle water. In order to stall the growing problem of the water crisis, we all have to make a greater effort.
Arpita Singh, via email
It's just the beginning of another scorching summer and the drinking water crisis is already driving people up the wall. The problem of water shortage is not new in India but the rate at which the level of ground water is dipping raises concern. It's reasonable for the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to impose fines on people caught wasting water. However, the effectiveness of such a step can be measured once it's implemented. Citizens need to cooperate with the authorities so that an indispensable resource like water is not wasted.
Jibin Kurian, Delhi
Time's of the essence
This has reference to the report Info watchdog for faster redressal (April 26). It is great to know that the Central Information Commission (CIC) is trying to speed up the process of redressal of public grievances. However, it would be naïve to believe that the move is going to translate into reality soon with a majority of bureaucrats being lackadaisical. Unless strict action is taken against the violators of the set time frame, the initiative will be limited to paper.
Arvind Kumar, Noida