There is much deterioration in the sorry health of our nation
The report India staring at killer lifestyle epidemic (March 5) almost makes one nostalgic for the days when heart attacks, diabetes and high blood pressure were rare occurrences. With time, these seem to have become lethal ailments. An unhealthy lifestyle and a lack of exercise are the obvious causes, but here in India, we also have a habit of taking medicines without any prescription. As junk food makes our children obese, pollution plays havoc with our health. Unfortunately there is little hope for a change for the better.
Gagandeep, via email
Time for Modi to walk the talk
The editorial Go beyond the Modi magic (Our Take, March 5) correctly states that rather than focus on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the BJP should concentrate on its agenda for the 2014 general elections. The tone and content of Modi’s speech at the BJP national conclave suggest that he is trying hard to change his image. A while ago, Modi had spoken of equality during his sadbhavna yatra. If he is indeed as committed as he claims, he must prove himself accountable by providing a more convincing explanation for the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Abdul Monim, via email
Leaving a legacy of scarcity
This refers to the report Obama drops $85 bn austerity bomb (March 3). To comply with his legal obligations, US President Barack Obama has put in force an $85 bn austerity drive. This austerity in the land of plenty does bring to mind our own artificial austerity. Our politicians are knee-deep in the quicksands of scams, and they seem to just be adding to our scarcity. If they fail to give up their greed, this scarcity will be their only legacy.
KK Wajge, Mumbai