We cannot just go with the flow on our river pollution
With reference to Madhu Bhaduri’s write-up Life sucked out (December 2), none other than the state governments of the cities through which the Yamuna flows are responsible for the mess it is in. In fact, some corrupt officials and ministers should be brought to book. It is amazing that public money is being wasted on visits to Bangkok and London to study how rivers there are kept clean. What we need is common sense and not trying to learn from others. We should check pollutants in the river banks by cutting off the source. Involvement on the part of both the government as well as the public is necessary to save our dying rivers.
Gulzara Singh Azad, via email
Justice delayed is justice denied
Pratik Kanjilal’s write-up No two ways about it (Speakeasy, November 28) made for excellent reading. One should ask, referring to the Babri Masjid issue, why L.K. Advani was ever released from jail? The same so-called Hindu card is being played by the Congress. It does not want to implement the Sri Krishna Commission report and reveal its pro-Hindu stance in Maharashtra. During the 2003 Gujarat assembly elections, the Muslims in Gujarat had also accused the Gujarat Congress of playing the soft Hindu card against the BJP’s hard Hindu card. When will all this end?
Konad Krori, Colorado
Pratik Kanjilal was right in saying that miscarriage of justice could invite anarchy. Can the demolition of the Babri structure be perceived in the same light? On December 6, 1992, there was a mob of kar sevaks creating a scene of anarchy that led to the demolition of the structure. Don’t you think that anarchy was the result of justice delayed and not due to the sentiments of those present?
Siddharth Sachdev, Ranchi
India is not China’s shadow
Samar Halarnkar’s article Change our climate (Maha Bharat, December 3), seems to indicate that India is going to be in the backseat during the 19-day climate summit at Copenhagen, and China will be making all the difference. China, so far, has only been making surprise announcements, whereas India is keen on making an effort to reduce global emissions. There is a need to form a global environmental group and India should be one of the leading voices in it. Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh should firm up India’s stance instead of working in China’s shadow.
Ahrar Husain, Delhi
It’s too early to cheer
The editorial No party on the farm (Our Take, December 1), rightly stated that agriculture is becoming statistically insignificant. The decline in the production of sugarcane, rice, pulses, cereal crops etc. are alarming factors that indicate a negative growth of GDP. At a time when widespread drought has spoiled farm produce across the country, there is no reason to cheer 7.9 per cent GDP growth. The easy settlement of crop insurance benefits along with direct allocation of subsidies to marginal farmers are the need of the hour to give a much-needed push to agriculture.
Yugal Kishore Sharma, Faridabad
Victims should be rehabilitated
Indra Sinha’s article Poisoned and shut (December 2) reflected the plight of the Bhopal gas tragedy survivors and reminded one of the utter incompetence of the State. The extravagant care with which it treats its image of a world-class country, the funds it pours into the Commonwealth Games etc, are in contrast with its contemptuous disregard for the poor victims of the Union Carbide accident. The inaction on the part of the government shows how it is a tool in the hands of the MNCs. The government must take steps to rehabilitate the victims.
Dilip Simeon, vai email