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Grains rotting everywhere, but for Indians, there isn’t a bite to eat

india Updated: May 02, 2013 23:53 IST
Hindustan Times

Grains rotting everywhere, but for Indians, there isn’t a bite to eat
Jean Drèze in No bread, lots of beer (May 1) rightly points to the fact that both the UPA and the Opposition parties are jointly obstructing a bill that could make a big difference to people and their lives. It seems shameful that tonnes of food grains are being allowed to rot despite the Supreme Court’s instructions on the matter. The government bluntly refuses to obey the apex court and blames its wastage on a shortage of granaries. For those who cannot afford a square meal a day, such excuses are cruel.
Manish Chandra, via email

Scared of having to live in China
With reference to the report No headway as India, China hold third flag meeting (May 1), it doesn’t seem surprising that the flag meeting between India and China yielded no results. With a fifth tent now in Indian territory, China’s aggressive intentions seem as clear as day. India’s soft stance somehow seems prudent because any provocation could see China grabbing even more of our land. The prevailing political uncertainty has led India to this point, but it is time for a reconciliation. Even if it were to require a sorry compromise, India should ensure that this crisis doesn’t accelerate. We don’t want to all live in China.

Kavya, via email

Give CBI complete independence
The report CBI need not take orders from political masters: SC (May 1) makes clear that the CBI is in breach of the nation’s and the Supreme Court’s trust. Even in high profile cases, the CBI has never functioned professionally, often giving in to political pressure. The recent coal scam imbroglio has just helped prove that assumption. There seems to be no escape route open for the government, but it would do the country a service if it ensured that the CBI it left behind was independent and not compromised.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

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