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With reference to the report GSLV mission up in smoke (December 26), the failure of the mission is a setback to our ambitious space programme and it will affect our credibility to launch satellites on a commercial basis.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2010 22:18 IST

Learn from our failures to reach for the moon and the stars
With reference to the report GSLV mission up in smoke (December 26), the failure of the mission is a setback to our ambitious space programme and it will affect our credibility to launch satellites on a commercial basis. It was disheartening to see images of the burnt-out launch vehicle. But our scientists should not lose hope and instead analyse the exact reason for the failure so that they can use the latest technology to eliminate defects.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad

Pulling the wool over our eyes
With reference to the report CBI grills Raja, raids Kalmadi (December 25), these raids are only an eyewash to fool the public. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) gave enough time to the offenders to tamper with incriminating documents and destroy evidence. Such a cavalier probe vindicates the general perception that the investigation agency works under political influence. We claim to loathe corruption but have otherwise adopted it as a way of life. The political class has earned the dubious distinction of spawning and nurturing corruption, with the bureaucracy and judiciary not immune to this scourge.
Suriender Shah, Delhi

Not farm fresh at all
Sonali Bisht in her article Hardly farm fresh (December 24) is right in stating that the excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers degrades the quality of air, water and soil. But if such ‘modern’ farming trends continue, there could be widespread consequences that could fatally affect the health of the people. The time has come for the ministry of environment and forests and the agriculture ministry to conduct a joint assessment of the chemical inputs before farmers use them and also assess the damage that has already been done.
Amar Upadhyay, via email