Correct the geographically-challenged like Azam Khan
With reference to the editorial ID mubarak (The Pundit, December 24), I feel sorry for Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan who thinks that there is only one Muslim Cabinet minister in New Delhi and he is from Kashmir, not India. Someone should tell Khan that Kashmir is an integral part of the country and such a remark in any other country would have amounted to treason.
Raja Sridhar, Indore
The Union government's inaction against Arundhati Roy after her seditious remarks on Kashmir is encouraging politicians like Azam Khan. The party's minority appeasement policy seems to be out of sync with the changing times. The politics of opportunism, petty gain and identity crisis at the cost of national interests needs to the shunned and the government must act against such elements before it is too late.
Ashok Goswami, via email
Many problems, few answers
With reference to the report Listen to us or quit: NDA to PM (December 23), the Opposition is right in demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Starting with the multi-crore Commonw-ealth Games scam to rising prices on essential commodities, the PM seems to be unsure about how to tackle these problems. The prices of essential commodities have hit the roof but the PM and his ministers have only one stock answer: inflation will be tamed within the next four to five months.
RD Bhardwaj, Delhi
The cupboard is empty
This refers to the report Price monster returns to your doorstep (December 24). The government seems to be indifferent to the needs of the common people. More than the Congress, it is its ally Sharad Pawar of the NCP who is playing dirty tricks via his fiefdom, the ministry of agriculture. The media is calling it a failure of the government, but it must bring out the linkages that exist between its officials and the hoarders.
Shanti Bhushan, Ghaziabad
Treat the symptoms now
Shobana Kamineni in Medical maladies (December 23) correctly states that most medical facilities in India don't even have basic minimum amenities. Since the maternal mortality rate is high in villages, the government should train midwives and nurses to tackle the problem. It may not always be possible to provide top-class facilities in all parts of the country, but community medical practitioners can help the government meet the requirements.
Bhagawati Prakash, via email
From filler to post
The report Bribe key to entering police services: Pillai (December 21) is hardly news. The same thing happens when 'transfer season' starts in the states. Often, even senior officers pay huge sums to their political bosses to get favourable posts.
NP Raghavendra Rao, Indore
No voice, no choice
These days the media are replete with charges and countercharges of corruption. Politicians are adept at playing games and duping us. It is amazing that instead of taking action against corrupt politicians and officers, the ruling class is pointing at corruption in previous regimes. This is only to divert our attention. The irony is that the people of this country have very little choice in getting rid of the corrupt and preventing the collapse of democracy. Perhaps, everyone's waiting for divine intervention.
Piyush Sharma, via email