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india Updated: Aug 01, 2012 23:46 IST

The blackout underscores that reforms must see the light of day
This refers to the editorial Not a leap in the dark (July 31). The massive power breakdown in the Northern Grid that saw people in eight states without electricity and rail, Metro and road-traffic operations, hospitals and civic bodies severely disrupted. Cities like Delhi already witness a minimum of four-hours of load-shedding every day in the summers. This incident should be the tipping point to bring in major reforms like increase in power generation capacity, checking pilferage, better grid discipline among states, etc, in the power sector to bridge the increasing gap between demand and supply.
RL Pathak, New Delhi

The fact that certain states were drawing more power than they should have is nothing new. However, it appalling that no interventions were made to avert the collapse on Monday. On the one hand, politicians offer free electricity as an election sop. On the other hand, they blame the demand-supply gap for load-shedding. It's time the government revises the power tariff to bring about the much-needed reforms. It's better to pay at higher rate and get power then pay at subsidised rates and suffer load-shedding.
Kamala Kumari, via email

Let's settle scores with cricket
This refers to the report, Plucking bronze out of thin air (July 31). While I laud ace shooter Gagan Narang for winning a bronze at the London Olympics, I feel disheartened that despite sending a large contingent we opened the account on the fourth day. China, which identifies sporting talent at a young age, has so far secured 23 medals. Every now and then we talk about the neglect that sports other than cricket face but hardly anything is done in this regard. We must get more medals at Olympics to settle scores with cricket.
MC Joshi, Lucknow