No sensitisation drive can help if we don’t value personal safety
With reference to Going off the rails, again (Our Take, August 20), the number of people killed or injured in train accidents are on the rise. Just as in the Dhamara Ghat case, tragedies are bound to happen if we do not adhere to the rules. There is no point in creating mayhem after a tragedy has occurred. Such unwarranted mob reactions can also be seen when someone is killed while jaywalking on a busy highway. The decision of the Railway Board chairman to have an awareness creation drive is good, but as said in the editorial little can be done if one does not value personal safety.
Anita Hada Sangwan, Jaipur
Develop with the future in mind
With reference to Darryl D’Monte’s Keep the coast clear (August 19), that climate change is happening is an undeniable fact and what comes as no surprise is the ignorance of the Indian civic agencies in matters of this regard. At the planning and execution stage for new infrastructure projects the effects of climate change must be taken into consideration. Thus, not building a rail connection on the trans-harbour sea link is poor planning on the part of those involved.
Agam Dhingra, New Delhi
Surrounded by hostile neighbours
With reference to Subir Bhaumik’s It’s time to mend fences (August 19), since Independence, India has not had the benefit of friendly neighbours. This compels India to pump in huge money on defence and paramilitary forces, which could have otherwise been utilised for developmental programmes. Pakistan has always been hostile, China is bullying us, and Nepal and Bangladesh many a times look the other way while terror groups target India. Bhutan is the only friendly country. Given the scenario, we cannot move ahead with a robust foreign policy.
Ranbir Singh Jakher, Gurgaon
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