The report Kargil toll could have been lower but for DRDO (September 7) rightly questions the credibility of officers who stay quiet on issues involving national security. Why did former Army Chief VP Malik take ten years to break his silence over the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s inability to provide the Army with better munitions during the Kargil war? It is shameful that many Indian soldiers lost their lives because our scientists couldn’t deliver the right arms and ammunitions.
Devendra Narain, via email
YSR’s life a lesson for others
Barkha Dutt’s article On his own terms (Third Eye, September 5) rightly stated that former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy was a repository of talent, humility and political acumen. His most striking aspect was the ability to connect with the common people of the state. Indian politicians should learn some lessons from YSR’s life if they want to earn respect from voters and win elections like YSR did.
Abhishek Nagar, Delhi
Barkha Dutt correctly states that YSR was a politician who was deeply concerned with his state’s development. At a time when politicians are accused of being corrupt, selfish and opportunistic, YSR proved everyone wrong by delivering what he promised to the people of Andhra Pradesh. This is the reason why many people committed suicide after hearing the news of his death. The writer’s view that other politicians should emulate YSR’s principles is correct.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Come together to move forward
Pratik Kanjilal’s article Beware of thy neighbour (Speakeasy, September 5) comes at a time when both Pakistan and China are trying their best to disrupt India’s peace. While Pakistanis have always tried to cross the border and enter India, the Chinese incursion in Ladakh is new and a matter of concern. By crossing the Line of Actual Control, the Dragon is inviting trouble for itself. It shows India’s neighbouring countries are jealous of its progress and internal stability. The need of the hour is to resolve our differences and work together for the development of the subcontinent.
Mahesh Kumar, Delhi
Upgrade school infrastructure
I agree with Sagarika Ghose that scrapping Class X board exams, though a welcome reform in the education sector, is only a cosmetic measure (Learning difficulties, Bloody Mary, September 9). Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal must first focus on providing better infrastructure and recruiting qualified teachers for schools. Only then will the new evaluation process bring about the desired results.
Balroop Singh, Delhi
Spare the Capital’s green cover
The Commonweath Games, which will be held in the Capital next year, continue to claim more green victims. After the massacre of an entire 29-acre forest on Siri Fort Road for a six-acre stadium, which was later not accepted as a site, several old trees are now being cut around the same area by the Public Works Department, in the name of widening the road. The Games, a ten-day event, are depriving generations of residents their right to green cover and fresh air, as each tree absorbs over two kilogrammes of pollutants from the air per month. Vehicles will keep increasing but must it be at the expense of trees? Makers of the law are breaking the nation’s green laws, and pollution levels have drastically gone up in these areas. Enough damage has been done. Please leave the Siri Fort area alone now.
Resident Welfare Associations of Gulmohar Park, Siri Fort Road, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Asiad Village, Panchsheel, Hauz Khaz and Members of Siri Fort Sports Complex, Delhi