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Time to introspect

Why is there so much showing off when it comes to celebrations of our Independence Day or Republic Day, when in 60 years we couldn’t provide basic amenities to the people?

india Updated: Aug 16, 2007 00:32 IST

Why is there so much showing off when it comes to celebrations of our Independence Day or Republic Day, when in 60 years we couldn’t provide basic amenities to the people? Our villages have no water, pathetic roads, poor heath facilities and no security. Even the capital is plagued by long power cuts and unsafe drinking water. The elite can’t be the strength of the nation.

Amit Bhandari
Delhi

II

Independent India at 60 laughs wildly. This is the essence of 60 years of misrule and power politics, which have made the country notorious for crime, violence, terrorism, communal wars, corruption, hunger deaths and unemployment. Patriotic and professional values have eroded. We need to stop putting self before service, the root cause for India’s failures ever since Independence. This is a good time to rededicate ourselves to a common, national cause.

N Murthy
Secunderabad

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After 60 years of Independence, there are millions of our fellow citizens who live in abject poverty and are denied socio-economic rights. On the one hand, it is said that India’s economy is booming, but on the other hand the scenario in the rural areas is deplorable. The poor have become poorer and the benefits of a ‘booming’ economy haven’t translated into development. If the divide between the rich and poor is not addressed, our dream will remain unfulfilled.

Yasir Ali Mirza
Aligarh

Keep it up, Jumbo!

Hats off to Anil Kumble for his maiden century against England and 500 plus Test wickets. Kumble is one of the greatest Test spinners and gave India more Test victories than our batsmen. He was dropped from the team many times, but fought back to regain his place.

Bidyut Chatterjee
Faridabad