We’re stumbling over the potholes created by rampant corruption
Negotiating potholed roads is one reality that the people of Delhi and Mumbai cannot escape and the situation worsens every monsoon (Many potholes in your path, Our Take, July 13). The multiplicity of authorities is the biggest hurdle in ensuring that the roads are maintained properly. The well-entrenched nexus among civic administration officials, corporators and private contractors ensures that tenders are awarded to those with political clout. As suggested in the editorial the government must set up a nodal agency which should ensure that the process of road maintenance is not tarred with corruption.
Kamala Kumari, via email
Time for netas to perform or perish
Ahead of the 2014 general elections, Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Devolution for evolution (Beyond the bite, July 15) sends a strong warning to politicians that they have to be ready to perform or be prepared to perish. The problems of political organisations might be manifold but what dominates the political debate are the basic miseries of the common man, which should be looked into and addressed if a party wants to rule from Lutyens’ Delhi.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
This is all over the place
With reference to Somak Raychaud-hury’s article The engineer who changed the way the world listens to music (July 14), the author in the article writes “During a quantum physics class at Oxford, my tutor, an eminent nuclear physicist, remarked, ‘What a brilliant person this Indian man was — Bose. He discovered the laws of quantum statistics, invented the best speakers in the world, and gathered an army from South East Asia to fight against the British’.” He was referring to Satyen, Amar Gopal and Subhas Chandra. This reminded me of my sports instructor, who had once said: “Thomson was remarkable… he discovered the structure of the atom (Joseph John), was the quickest bowler in cricket of all time (Jeff) and featured in Tintin comics.”
U Bhattacharya, via email
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