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Bill Gates’s article Make the right choice (January 31) should be an eye-opener for the government, which hasn’t taken any concrete measure to tackle an impending food crisis.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2012 23:15 IST

India’s starved for a more effective agricultural policy
Bill Gates’s article Make the right choice (January 31) should be an eye-opener for the government, which hasn’t taken any concrete measure to tackle an impending food crisis. It’s true that every day millions of Indians go to bed hungry and hundreds of children suffer from malnutrition even though our foodgrain production exceeds consumption. This is because our public distribution system is not up to the mark and we don’t have enough silos to store surplus foodgrains. India deserves a better agricultural minister who is more concerned about his ministry’s performance than the state of world cricket.
Sachin Kumar, via email

It’s buzzing with information
Hindustan Times is doing a great job with The Buzz (January 31). The wide range of political news that seldom gets reported but makes for great reading makes the section not only informative but also entertaining. I liked the snippets on the blame game being played in the Congress after it inadvertently praised Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in an advertisement and the one on how the West Bengal chief minister recently gave the cold shoulder to rural development minister Jairam Ramesh.
Ramesh Sinha, via email

Keep all oil routes open
This refers to the editorial Don’t let the Gulf widen (Our Take, January 30). India can definitely play a crucial role in encouraging Iran and the West to resolve their problems amicably. Iran is one of the biggest oil producers and its concerns over an invasion by the West are valid. This is also the right time for India to find alternative sources of oil, as depending solely on Iran is a bad strategy in the long term.
SK Khosla, Chandigarh