Time to come clean on why we can’t be clean in India
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s article Partners in grime (Incidentally, November 19) is an eye-opener. Though the writer does not suggest any solution to help India get rid of the label of being one of the dirtiest countries, his analysis succinctly presents the sad state of affairs vis-à-vis cleanliness in the nation. The first step towards keeping the nation clean is to teach our children the impo-rtance of cleanliness. It’s the responsibility of parents and teachers to set an example for our children.
Surinder Pal, via email
The local authorities should levy fines on people who throw garbage on stre-ets or spit on roads. It’s surprising that when Indians go abroad, they follow all the laws but don’t think twice before breaking them here. The government should also realise that its job doesn’t end with transporting garbage to dum-ping grounds. It should organise cleanliness drives periodically and encourage people to participate in them.
Henrietta Decosta, via email
Pulling in several directions
With reference to the report Anna over rocks over flogging fix for alcoholics (November 23), I support Anna Hazare on the issue of corruption. But I also believe that Hazare should not lose focus from his fight against corruption. Even if the media asks him to comment on other social problems, he should abstain from giving his views. Though his intentions may be right, the solution he has suggested in this case is impractical.
Prasoon, via email
The bilaterals of business
With reference to Ayesha Siddiqa’s article Money matters (The Otherside, November 22), the Pakistani army should remember that the nation’s economy needs a boost. It should immediately grant permission to the private sector to do business with India.
Kamal, via email