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Vote poaching

The Centre and the state governments are overlooking the problems faced by the people.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 02:14 IST

The Centre and the state governments are overlooking the problems faced by the people. For example, no step has been taken to contain the influx from Bangladesh and Nepal into India for fear of losing votes. The Delhi government is in a Catch-22 situation in carrying out the demolition of unauthorised constructions in the wake of the court order.

Allowing the nation to be flooded with unauthorised constructions and illegal immigrants is tantamount to simply appeasing voters and treating them not as people but as numbers.

K.G. Balachandran

Shut school

Every year schools have to take recourse to closing for a few days due to extreme cold conditions (White winter in Delhi, primary schools shut, January 9). This is not a solution to protecting our children from bitter weather conditions. Every school has its own dress code. They can relax the dress code during extreme weather and be allowed to wear whatever protective clothes parents can afford and think fit. Children cannot be expected to stay at home all the while the temperature dips.

Udita Agrawal


The decision to shut primary schools in Delhi for three days due to the bitter cold is naive. Do schools in Srinagar, Leh and other cold areas where the temperature goes down below zero degree remain closed for the winter season? Such decisions can’t safeguard children’s interests.

Bincy Mathew
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Tap, tap, tap

After Amar Singh’s revelations that his phones were being tapped, many politicians have jumped into the fray making similar claims (Naidu too says his phone is tapped, January 9). One wonders if Jayalalithaa, Chandrababu Naidu and L.K. Advani were all suffering from collective amnesia or needed an Amar Singh to voice their concerns. There seems to be something more than what meets the eye — or ear.

Piyush Guliani

Not cricket

Raj Singh Dungarpur’s opinion on Sourav Ganguly aired just prior to the start of the India-Pakistan series was uncalled for. He has subsequently denied what he said before the TV camera. And we thought he was working for the betterment and cohesion of the team!

A.K. Ghosh
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First Published: Jan 11, 2006 02:14 IST