We're hearing more about them now, but crib deaths are not new
This refers to Sumit Mitra's article From cradle to grave (November 7). Neonatal intensive care unit is a specialised unit and it is not available in every hospital. The facility doesn't fall under the ambit of the National Rural Health Mission, whose main goal is to provide funds for primary healthcare to state governments. The Union minister of state for health is right in stating that the recent crib deaths in West Bengal are normal, as premature and congenitally ill infants die everyday in every state in India. Just because the media is reporting these deaths now doesn't mean that it's a new problem.
Rahul, via email
F1's more than just mechanical
The comparison that Ashok Kothari makes between the economist EF Schumacher and the Formula 1 (F1) driver Michael Schumacher in his article Schumacher vs Schumacher (November 7) makes for interesting reading. I quite agree with most of Kothari's views. However, I believe that F1 is not just about speed and mega-achievements. It is also about advancements in the field of technology, hard work, precision and the human-machine coordination.
Srikumar, via email
Pawar's very much all for himself
The report Pawar differs with Mamata, backs fuel hike (November 7) doesn't come as a surprise. When has Natio-nalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar opposed any policy or decision that goes against the common man's interests? He is an opportunist who is least bothered about public welfare. The UPA's decision to increase the price of petrol twice in two months is unjustified. Coupled with an atrociously high food inflation, the hike is putting tremendous pressure on people. But does this really matter to Pawar?
Surinder Sharma, via email