The rural health mission is surely not in the pink of health
This refers to the report NRHM scam returns to haunt Mayawati (January 24). When it was introduced, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was touted as the 'brahmastra' for India's health sector. But its implementation in Uttar Pradesh has been controversial from day one, with various reports revealing high levels of corruption in the procurement and dispersal of medicines and other supplies. The government's job doesn't end at introducing the scheme alone. It should monitor its implementation in states and ensure that the poor benefit from the scheme.
Karan Thakur, Delhi
Dancing to the loonies' tune
With reference to the report Blackout a black farce, says Rushdie (January 25), it is ridiculous that the Rajasthan government bowed to the pressure of a handful of fundamentalists and did not permit the Salman Rushdie video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival. It seems that either the state police is not capable of maintaining law and order, or that the state government lacks the will to rise above votebank politics. Today it's Rushdie, tomorrow it can be some other author or artist. How long are we going to give in to the loonies' demands?
MK Barua, Delhi
The editorial The real story (The Pundit, January 24) presents a great satire on the Rajasthan government's ‘doctored' warning of a threat to Rushdie's life. Law and order is a state subject and, thus, it was the Rajasthan government's duty to ensure Rushdie's safety. The Ashok Gehlot government has let down not just the organisers of the literature festival but also every lover of literature across the globe.
Bikash Chakravarty, via email