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india Updated: Sep 19, 2012 23:00 IST

Don’t discriminate against people on the basis of where they live
Gautam Bhan in his article It’s their world too (September 17) highlights an issue that rarely gets discussed publicly. It’s wrong to discriminate against people on the basis of where they live. People who live in unauthorised bastis should get the same relief from the government as those who live in illegally-constructed bungalows. The government remembers the poor only during elections. It offers them opportunities and makes promises that are rarely kept. This attitude must change.
-Surendra Deo, via email

They don’t care about people
The UPA’s allies like the Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party don’t want to rock the boat before the elections (Mamata Storms out of UPA, September 19). They are threatening the government in the hope of getting sops from the Centre. If the allies are really concerned about public welfare, they are free to not enforce foreign direct investment in their states, which is clearly stated in the law. Leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav are misusing coalition politics to fulfil their populist agendas.
-Srinivas Kamat, via email

This refers to K Srinath Reddy’s article The gift of a lifetime (September 19). In the article, the line “This is determined by a team of doctors and must include a neurologist, neurosurgeon, anaesthetist and intensivist. But they should not be involved in the transplant procedure” should read “This is determined by a team of doctors, which should not be involved in the transplant procedure and must involve a neurologist, neurosurgeon, anaesthetist or intensivist.” We regret the error.

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