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india Updated: Jan 29, 2012 23:34 IST

During the R-Day celebrations, the public is never in the picture
With reference to the report Republic at 63: a city lights up (January 27), why does the government spend so much on the January 26 function when that money can be spent to improve the lives of India’s poor? To me, the Republic Day celebrations seem to be only for the ruling elite of the country. How many of us even manage to go to Rajpath to watch the parade thanks to the security checks, frisking and horrendous traffic jams? In fact, the aam aadmi is made to feel like an outsider. The government should change the format of the celebrations and make them more engaging for the public.
Ragini Sabnavis, via email

Lots of science, little sensibility
The action taken by the Union government against some senior Indian space scientists for their alleged role in the Antrix deal has sent out a strong message that no wrongdoing will be tolerated (Probe panel findings nailed the four scientists, January 26). But like the 2G scam, the Antrix scam was also highlighted by the media first. While the media must be commended for this, one wonders if there are any checks and balances left in the administrative set-up of this country? I hope this incident will help bring in more transparency in the governance of science institutions in the country.
Bapu Satyanarayana, , via email

Targeting the wrong people
President Pratibha Patil’s word of caution is less applicable to civil society and more to the political parties that run the show in this country (Patil’s word of caution for Anna Hazare, January 26). They are the custodians of democratic norms but have failed miserably in their duties. Hazare and his team are just asking them to mend their ways before it’s too late.
MC Joshi, Lucknow