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In Be very scared (Maha Bharat, March 17), Samar Halarnkar is right in pointing out India's lack of preparedness for a calamity like the one that hit Japan.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2011 22:31 IST

The Fukushima crisis shows us that we cannot be complacent
In Be very scared (Maha Bharat, March 17), Samar Halarnkar is right in pointing out India's lack of preparedness for a calamity like the one that hit Japan. Unlike Japan, India is lacking in terms of technology and strategy.

Our planners exhibit the complacency that peaceful times bring, showing eagerness to harness the benefits of nuclear power without realising its dire consequences as seen in Japan.
Ashish Rai, via email

No shortcuts to N-safety
With reference to the editorial Don't press the panic button (Our Take, March 16), after the Fukushima disaster, the safest bet is to call for a total ban on nuclear power plants in India. Humanity has to learn from such disasters and take appropriate measures wherever feasible.
Ashok Ghosh, Kolkata

Pictures worth a thousand words
I agree with Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article The national body (Incidentally, March 12) that Abanindranath Tagore had indeed painted Kashmir as nobody else could do. In fact, his paintings have added to Kashmir's charm. Kashmir, home of Vedic culture, Buddhist faith, Shaivism, Islam, Sufism and Sikhism, will always remain an inseparable part of India.
PS Pradeep, via email

Holding people to ransom
With reference to the report Jat leaders meet Chidambaram (March 17), the present agitation by Jats demanding reservation has been going on for a while now, creating a lot of problems for rail passengers. The government has not shown an iota of interest in addressing their demands, leaving suffering passengers to their fate.
JP Mengi, via email