Let Parliament work, bring the Coalgate accused to book
This refers to Samar Halarnkar's article India in the dark (Maha Bharat, August 30). Union finance minister P Chidambaram's recent assertion on the government's position on the Coalgate controversy that there had been no loss to the exchequer because no mining had been done, is simply ludicrous. This zero-loss theory as we saw in the 2G spectrum scam will not help the UPA government reverse the decline in public faith. It's high time the government cancels the arbitrary coal allotments. However, for this to happen, we need Parliament to function, debate and discuss the scam and thus bring the accused to book.
Gautam Chandra, via email
Let's gun for reforms
This refers to the editorial It's not just about Kasab (Our Take, August 31). It is appalling that even after the 26/11 Mumbai attack, there are gaps in India's preparedness against terror. The fact that websites in Pakistan recently created mass panic among Northeasterners in our country suggests a different kind of security vulnerability. Besides securing our cyber frontiers, India needs to introduce a slew of reforms, including equipping the police force with the latest arms and ammunition, prompt emergency response systems, etc.
SC Vaid, via email
Et tu, Narendra Modi?
This refers to the editorial Modi-fication needed (The Pundit, August 30). Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's latest remark linking malnutrition to vegetarianism and figure-consciousness not only defies logic but also shows that our political class is far removed from ground realities. A majority of politicians have displayed the symptoms of foot-in-mouth disease. However, it was not expected from Modi who has positioned himself as a no-nonsense administrator.
Bal Govind, Noida