Public response to social events lacks conviction and clarity
I agree with Namita Bhandare’s views in The stage’s virtually set (Another Day, April 13) that elections in India are not decided by twitter trends. In fact, we don’t have the desired behavioural rationality on morality and keep switching our priorities without getting to the bottom of any particular issue. Had we been sincere in our reactions, the public response to the Anna Hazare movement and the protests against the Delhi gang rape case could have brought about the desired social reforms. Had we been genuinely concerned about issues and firm in our conviction, we could have contributed to creating a better society.
MPS Chadha, Mohali
Get to the very foundations
This refers to the report More quakes could hit India: Experts (April 17). A major earthquake near the Iran-Pakis-tan border shook the capital on Monday. Delhi has the maximum number of unsafe buildings which could collapse in a massive quake. The government should lay down strict norms to check the vulnerability of these high-rise buildings. As Delhi falls under seismic zone IV, the government must ensure that buildings are earthquake-proof. Most buildings have been constructed on weak foundations and the construction material used is of poor quality. An in-depth examination of buildings must be carried out by structural engineers and weak or dilapidated buildings must be notified. This will save human lives in the event of a disaster.
Ruchi Bothra, via email
Two sides of the same coin
Sitaram Yechury in Cabbages and kings (Left Hand Drive, April 16) says that the corporate world props up strong and decisive leaders, thereby promoting fascism. He draws from the writings of renowned authors to buttress his argument that neo-liberal economic reforms and advocacy in favour of FDI are conducive to fascism. By this logic, both the BJP and the UPA are sailing in the same boat. Yechury seems to be drawing strength from the unfortunate coincidence of India losing Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 and Adolf Hitler ascending to power on the same day.
R Maleyvar, via email