There is an element of truth in Rahul Gandhi’s assertions.
The report A village road to despair (January 9) proves that there is some truth in what Rahul Gandhi is saying in rallies across Uttar Pradesh. It seems that Mayawati’s government has not been paying attention to the Bundelkhand region where children are malnourished and farmers are committing suicide due to poverty. This neglect has allowed the panchayats and other agencies to siphon off development funds for personal use. The Centre should take action to avoid exploitation of funds from the scheme meant for the poor.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Focus on the ground reality
With reference to the editorial Pull back from the precipice (Our Take, January 9), the fragile peace in Jammu and Kashmir was disturbed once again with the death of a young man. Proper coordination among police, state government functionaries and security forces must ensure that such incidents are avoided in future. The Centre provides a lot of funds to J&K which are not effectively invested on the ground. Chief minister Omar Abdullah should focus on the economic development of the state.
Subhash Vaid, via email
The rules must be same for all
With reference to Swapan Seth’s article Didigiri, not dadagiri (January 9), no one cares for the hapless under-trials lodged in prisons, who number far more than convicts. But when the AMRI directors have been booked for their criminal callousness, people like Seth are quick to argue against arresting without trial. Seth should be aware that it is the court of law that has refused to grant bail. Had Bengalis been parochial, the Marwaris would not have become prosperous in Bengal.
Kajal Chatterjee, via email