The Centre must make sure that little drops form an ocean
This refers to MS Swaminathan’s well-meant advisory Grow up (June 05). His suggestion that we urgently need to maximise farm productivity during a normal monsoon so as to minimise the adverse effects of an unfavourable monsoon that may follow involves thought.india Updated: Jun 06, 2010 22:49 IST
This refers to M.S. Swaminathan’s well-meant advisory Grow up (June 05). His suggestion that we urgently need to maximise farm productivity during a normal monsoon so as to minimise the adverse effects of an unfavourable monsoon that may follow involves thought. However, in order to get knowledge and technology to help increase agricultural productivity and improve the quality of life for our farmers in the long-run, our government needs to act swiftly. The monsoons are already here and the government has very little time to implement these suggestions.
R.K. Malhotra, Delhi
On shaky ground again
With reference to the report Agencies play blame game as roads cave in (June 4), it’s atrocious that instead of undertaking corrective measures to carry out repair work for the damages that have taken place, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Jal board are busy passing the buck. Although the media has brought similar incidents to light previously, nothing has been done by the authorities to plug the loopholes. If this is the quality of work, then one wonders what would become of the numerous structures built for the Commonwealth Games. Let’s hope they don’t crumble before the Games begin.
Tarishi Khanna, via email
The game changer in Bengal
Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) sweep of West Bengal in the recently concluded civic polls was hardly surprising (Friends in need: Didi, Cong ally in Bengal again, June 4). It’s good to see that Bengal is seeing some change after three decades of Left rule. And it’s obvious that the TMC, if it comes to power next year, will not be able to sustain its hold without the Congress’ help. So an alliance between the TMC and the Congress is only natural. Let’s hope that this alliance brings about some positive changes in Bengal.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad
Apples and oranges really
With reference to the article Start from scratch (June 2), it is preposterous for Ramachandra Guha to draw an ‘historical’ analogy between protests against the Naga secessionist leader T. Muivah’s Manipur visit in view of his controversial Greater Nagaland agenda and the Jammu agitation for land for temporary facilities for Amarnath pilgrims. In the article, Guha fails to take note of the Kashmiri Muslim separatists’ argument that the land for Amarnath was intended to facilitate Hindu settlements in the region. The Jammu and Kashmir issue and the Nagaland issue are far removed from each other and need not be viewed in the same light.
Lalit Ambardar, Delhi
At sixes and sevens
This has reference to the editorial How naïve is this party? (Our Take, June 01). It’s common knowledge that in a country in which the Opposition party is in disarray, the ruling party is bound to get complacent. This fact is true for us as the BJP is unable to hold its own in Parliament. Knowing that the BJP is floundering what with the Shibu Soren issue followed by Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurapa’s inaction against Pramod Muthalik’s atrocities, the Congress is having a field day. In spite of being fully aware of Telecom Minister A. Raja’s involvement in the 2G spectrum scam, the prime minister has, so far, been silent on the rampant corruption.
Bhartendu Sood, via email
Although UPA 2 has just celebrated its first year of its second term in office, the corruption in the government seems to be on the rise. The Opposition, which has been quite inactive, would do well to demand an answer on the loss of Rs 1.9 lakh crores in the sale of 2G spectrum.
Ashish Rai, via email