Beautification has come at a very high price for people
With reference to the report Civic body to dig up CP till Dec 2011 (August 17), it is appalling that the civic authorities have failed to meet the deadline for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. There was no need to 'beautify' Connaught Place in the first place. The Delhi government is turning a blind eye to the problems that its projects in central Delhi are causing to shopkeepers, customers and commuters. Will the Sheila Dikshit government compensate businessmen for the huge losses they are incurring due to mismanagement and lack of planning on the part of the authorities?
Rajan Kalia, via email
It pays to be a neta
It was shocking to read the report Ministers differ, salary hike on hold (August 17). Our netas are contemplating an increase in their salaries at a time when the nation is facing one of the worst hunger crisis in its history and the prices of essential commodities are very high thanks to misgovernance. Every now and then we come across reports recounting our politicians' involvement in multi-million dollars scams. Do they then deserve a wage hike? What happened to the UPA government's austerity drive? Most important, why should the ministers decide their own salaries? A neutral authority like the Supreme Court should take such decisions.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
Patchy solutions to problems
Sitaram Yechury in Put people first (Left Hand Drive, August 17) rightly states that though India has immense growth potential, there are neither good policies nor able politicians to steer the nation towards development. The prime minister's Independence Day address to the nation this year was discouraging as it mentioned the many problems that India faces today. The solutions that Singh proposed were neither convincing nor practical. His government needs to formulate policies that help the UPA 2 fulfil its promise of 'growth for all'.
S.K. Wasan, Noida
Putting money on the military
This refers to the editorial A State on a slippery slope (Our Take, August 15). After six decades of independence, the military — and not the elected government — is ruling Pakistan.
US-Pakistan ties improved after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the 9/11 terror attack. However, despite receiving huge financial aid from America, Pakistan has failed to get its act together. It's high time the US realised that no amount of money or resources will help Pakistan as long as the military controls things.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai
A gift of friendship
India's offer of financial aid to the flood victims in Pakistan shows the large-heartedness of the Manmohan Singh government. It should be an eye-opener for both the government and people of Pakistan who consider India to be their biggest threat. It will be in Islamabad's interest to keep aside political differences and accept the aid. However, the amount — $5 million — isn't enough to rescue and rehabilitate the millions who have lost their homes and source of livelihood.
M. Rafique Zakaria, Karachi
Not quite my views
This has reference to my article Running out of steam (July 28). I have been made to say that Hafeez Saeed is a 'mass murderer' and that we 'should be proud' that unlike Pakistan, we have had regular elections in this country. I had said that though we had elections in our country, there were no efforts at inculcating democratic values — foremost among which is the toleration of dissent — among the people of this country. The lines published were a distortion of my views.
Soumitro Das, Kolkata