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Mute spectators

Barkha dutt?s analysis of the horrendous episode relating to Gopal Kashyap?s self-immolation in Patiala (Did we kill him?, February 2) brings out the apathy of the authorities towards the common man who suffer due to the insensitive policies of the government.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 01:04 IST
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Barkha dutt’s analysis of the horrendous episode relating to Gopal Kashyap’s self-immolation in Patiala (Did we kill him?, February 2) brings out the apathy of the authorities towards the common man who suffer due to the insensitive policies of the government. It was outrageous that the onlookers were witnessing the drama that was taking place. Action should be taken against those who were at the spot and failed to save him.

J.K. Mathur, Noida

II

The manner in which Gopal Kashyap died in full view of the media speaks volumes about the callousness and indifference of the television journalists who were filming this episode. It is tragic that while the Indian economy is booming, ordinary Indians are being deprived of their livelihood and have to resort to suicide.

Ranjana Manchanda, via e-mail

III

Everybody in society has a role to play in the death of Gopal Kashyap. I feel ashamed about the absence of any effort by anybody to save the man — especially the journalists, who consider a ‘story’ to have more value than a human life.

Shalabh Manocha, via e-mail

IV

It is good to know that the government has decided to add a clause to the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987, charging those present when a person attempts ritualistic suicide with abetment (Spectators deaths, February 1). What is the need to carry on the evils associated with outdated customs? It is also wrong on the part of journalists to witness similar incidents only to make news out of it.

Sonali Chowdhury, Delhi

Improve the system

D.N. Patodia correctly states in his article Catch an elephant by its ears (Feb. 1) that in a nation with millions of people going hungry everyday, there is little meaning in talking about 8 per cent growth and a foreign exchange reserve of $137 billion. The prime minister should focus on good governance, a transparent and accountable administration and zero tolerance for injustice at every level. The growth shall follow automatically. Otherwise, these slogans will also end up like ‘India Shining’.

Chinmaya Dash, via e-mail

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 01:04 IST