We must overcome the contradiction between growth and the environment
With reference to Ashish Kothari’s article Myth of the great Indian Myth (August 01), the World Bank report that highlights that environmental degradation is costing India 5.7% of its GDP must prompt policy-makers to swing into action and consider reducing the industrial growth targets that are putting tremendous pressure on the country’s biological capacity. As of now, the situation seems like a zero sum game but we must pay attention to the economic value of the ecosystem and ensure that there is no contradiction between economic growth and protecting the environment. But, it’s a pity that the World Bank report did not provide any concrete solutions.
Mukesh C Gupta, via email
Probe those who doctored the probe
With reference to report, All eyes on defiant Srini at crucial BCCI meeting (August 02), it is appalling that despite the fact that the Bombay High Court declared the two-member panel, that found no evidence against N Sriniva-san’s team Chennai Super Kings in the IPL spot-fixing, unconstitutional and illegal, Srinivasan was going to chair Working Committee meeting, which was later cancelled. Srinivasan’s brazenness is nothing new but one fails to understand why cricket stalwarts and politicians are quiet on the issue. Moreover, action should be taken against the members of the probe who did not present a fair report.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, via email
Get rid of the real obstacles
With reference to the report Video shows SP man boasting of getting SDM suspended (August 02) Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Singh Bhati, who was caught on camera claiming that he got IAS officer Durga Nagpal suspended ‘within 40 minutes’, must be taken to task. Not only has he made a mockery of our democracy, he has also obstructed an IAS officer while she was carrying out her duty.
Vishnu Soni, Delhi
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