India's economy should not be allowed to sink in its water woes
This refers Nitya Jacob's article Time to fix the leaks (June 21). The water crisis will have a negative impact on the growth process of the country. In the days to come, the country will see a sharp decrease in agricultural production and this will negate previous efforts made to ensure food security. This will force the county to become a net importer of grain and this, according to a report of the Arlington Institute, will have a huge effect on global food prices and the world's supply of food. However, any rise in food prices will aggravate poverty in India. The water crisis will also have a big effect on the industrial sector, resulting in decreased productivity. It is time the government takes stock of the increasing pressure on natural resources and looks at ways to ease it.
Ashok Kakkar, Dehradun
Stop trying with the future
I am shocked at the way human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal seems bent on systematically ruining the Indian education system (New Sibal plan to make entry into IITs tougher, June 21). He is playing with the future of children by frequently experimenting with board examinations too. In the interest of the nation, the prime minister should replace him.
Rakesh Puri, via email
Do not judge the judges
The editorial No light in sight yet (Our Take, June 21) appears to create an impression that Pakistan's judiciary is a powerful body though it is not. The real culprit is President Asif Ali Zardari who is hiding behind the shield of presidential immunity. Power in Pakistan mostly lies with the military and the elite. No wonder, the poor face the brunt of the political confusion as well as terror attacks.
AB Mehta, Bhopal