N Chandra Mohan in Where have all the farmers gone? (Big Fish, September 9) has shown the grim face of our agriculture sector. Farmers are committing suicide because of their incapability to repay debts and those who have the will to survive are living in decrepit conditions. A majority of Indians rely on agriculture and, instead of boosting it, the government continues to ignore it in favour of support to other sectors. One continues to hope for new initiatives on this front so that our farmers can live a dignified life.
Gaurav Sharma, Sonepat
N-ticket to the future
With reference to K Shankar Bajpai’s article Growing Up (September 8), the time has come for India to take its rightful place in the comity of nations. After all the ups and downs of the past few years, India has finally been accepted by the nuclear club. But there is still a long way to go as the waiver from the NSG is just the beginning. Hope the path ahead to our nuclear future is a smoother one.
Anupam Basu, Delhi
I think that just acquiring a waiver from the NSG is not a big deal. To generate nuclear power, India has to bring corporate players into the picture to convert our dream of clean nuclear power into a reality. But we have to remember that our new empowerment comes with greater responsibility, and India has to start taking small steps towards sensible policies and reforms to continue as a responsible nuclear power.
Abhay Ajit Singh, Hyderabad
Unmoved by human suffering
Neelesh Misra’s report Bored by Bihar? (September 8) is an example of the brutal mentality of the babus. Even after declaring the situation as a national calamity, nobody has been made accountable for accepting and distributing the aid being arranged by different states, organisations and individuals. Even as millions are crying for drinking water, food and milk, the babus are pocketing the cash meant for the needy. Alas, Indians are Indians and they will never change.
G Balachandran, Delhi
Caution: Mamata ahead
Sayandeb Chowdhury in Before there was Mamata Banerjee, there were those other chaps (Chain Reaction, September 9) has truthfully pointed out that Mamata Banerjee’s politicking is not in the best interests of industrial development. She is committing a cardinal sin by giving a rough time to the Tatas, with an eye on capturing new rural constituencies over which her political outfit has a slippery hold. If Tata Motors decides to shift its Nano project elsewhere, investors will be deterred from even considering the state as a viable option.
Tarlok Singh, via email