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The report End of the road for Bluelines from Dec 14 (October 26) is a welcome decision. But the fact remains that there is more moving space in Blueline buses than low-floor DTC ones that are suitable only for sitting passengers.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2010 22:17 IST

The problem's not with Bluelines, but those manning them
The report End of the road for Bluelines from Dec 14 (October 26) is a welcome decision. But the fact remains that there is more moving space in Blueline buses than low-floor DTC ones that are suitable only for sitting passengers. In a crowded DTC bus, it is difficult to buy tickets as the conductors sit a particular place. The problem is that the government was never able to discipline those who manned the Bluelines.
N.T. Joseph, Delhi

Flying with the hawks
Pradeep Magazine's article Half stories, half truths (October 28) is a sad example of a Kashmiri Pandit who has given up his conscience. One might subscribe to a different point of view but that doesn't give one the freedom to speak as a spokesman of the Hurriyat. Magazine must desist from supporting the hawks and curtail anti-Pandit activities.
Khaqsar Wangoo, via email

II
Arundhati Roy's statement on Kashmir is yet another controversial attempt to remain in the public eye (I said what millions say in Kashmir: Roy, October 27). She claims that she only voiced what millions of people say in Kashmir. But who are these millions? Those who exercised their right to vote under the Indian Constitution or the youth who disrupt normal life, instigated by the mischief-makers deputed by Pakistan? That which is wrong cannot become right even if it is voiced everyday.
R.H. Sheth, via email

Lower interest rates in MFIs
With reference to the editorial Losing sight of the real issues (Our Take, October 28), the microfinance institutions (MFI) being set up in rural areas may have substituted local money lenders but the high interest rates charged for credit cards is exploitative. Rural folks could still land in a debt trap and be forced to commit suicide. A strong case exists for regulating these practices and lowering the interest rates with village panchayats acting as the guarantors for repayment. MFIs can serve the urban poor also.
D.R. Gulati, via email

Lead us into the light
Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article Iron man's mettle (Incidentally, October 23) made for interesting reading. Corrupt and dishonest leaders embezzling wealth cannot arouse a sense of loyalty in citizens. Leaders like Pandit Nehru or Sardar Patel were wise men whose importance was manifest through their work, not in the way they lived. The system has to be rescued from this corruption. Maybe a new Gandhi or Patel will come about and lead us out of the darkness.
Satish K. Jha, Delhi

With a little help from friends
With reference to Pratik Kanjilal's article Alms and our countrymen (Speakeasy, October 23), there is a need for funds to provide quality education, especially in rural India. The writer correctly points out that the corporates should play a role in removing the hurdles India faces in the education sector.
S.C. Vaid, via email

A cause for concern
The report US let us down on Headley: Home Secy (October 28) is surprising. The US authorities did not care to alert the Indian authorities about David Headley's association with the LeT and his anti-India activities even though such an alert could have prevented the Indian authorities from granting a multiple entry visa to Headley who was instrumental for the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes. It is clear that the US is adopting double standards
in fighting terrorism.
J.N. Mahanty, Puri