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india Updated: Jan 12, 2012 23:46 IST
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Malnutrition status: don't blame the politicians only
With reference to the report Malnutrition a national shame, says PM (January 11), our political leaders and policy-makers should be ashamed of themselves that even after so many years of Independence, 45% of our children are malnourished. But let's not blame the political class only. The fault is ours too because we don't keep a tab on the usage of funds meant to tackle these issues. Every election, voters get swayed by caste and religion. Instead, we should demand a report card on development issues from the leaders. Only then, will they be forced to take constructive action.
--Gyan Prakash Jain, via email

It is a shame that our elected representatives remember the poor only at the time of elections and forget them the moment they come to power. We should all be ashamed with the results of the Hunger and Malnutrition report. The findings of the report are not only a national shame but also a blot on the country's conscience.
--Sansar Lochan, Delhi

Playing by the set rules
With reference to Sagarika Ghose's article In her defence (Bloody Mary, January 11), it is true that in the present male-dominated political space, women politicians can succeed only when they defy conventional rules. The lone exception was Sucheta Kripalani, the first woman chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. She was known more for her political acumen than controversies. Today's women politicians are aware that unless they resort to unconventional and controversial actions, they will never get their due in the male-dominated political arena.
--PK Srivastava, via email

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