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india Updated: Oct 16, 2012 23:03 IST

One square meal a day is the difference between life and death
In his article One step at a time (Democracy Wall, October 15), Harsh Mander eloquently describes the dreams of scores of youngsters from Rajasthan’s poorest tribals, Sahariyas. He also brings to light a serious problem. The public distribution system (PDS) has failed, as hundreds of starvation deaths occur every day in India. This is due to the many loopholes in the implementation of the scheme. Providing one square meal to each and every citizen is the least that the government can for its people.
Pawan Prakash, via email

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On the one hand, India aspires to become a superpower, but, on the other, it can’t tackle the problem of hunger deaths. If the State can’t distribute BPL cards to the poor properly, how will they avail of the benefits of the PDS? Politicians must be reminded of their responsibilities towards the nation. They can’t be allowed to take the common man for granted.
Kanishka Pathak, via email


Slowly losing faith in the State
With reference to the report Khurshid counters charges, says ready to face any probe (October 15), it’s disappointing that a number of central ministers are allegedly involved in some or the other scam. Most of them are busy defending themselves, and this is taking a toll on governance. It’s interesting to note that while law minister Salman Khurshid is walking the extra mile to gather ‘evidence’ to prove that there’s no truth to the allegations levelled against him by Arvind Kejriwal, he hasn’t introduced even a single major reform in the judiciary since he assumed office. No wonder the common man is slowly losing faith in the State.
Amit Bhandari, Delhi