‘Supreme Court directive on Sardar Sarovar project is impractical’

first_imgWhat’s Hot and CoolHot or Not? With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen,What’s Hot and CoolHot or Not?With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen in the market. Clearly, the marketer is reluctant to push such lowmargin items.-R.K. Sudan, on e-mailWe are what we buy and wear. Brazen displays of gadgets and gizmos have become the order of the day. Today, an individual is revered not for his character or conduct, but for the worth of various accessories he sports. Let’s not endorse distorted values and equate a person’s status with his buying prowess.-K. Chidanand Kumar, BangaloreThe story is a treat to the eyes if not to the pocket. It shows that India is progressing fast and its citizens can aspire to acquire these gadgets. Unfortunately, these expensive things will not add to happiness in people’s lives but fuel jealousy.-Kanaka R. Nambiar, KaraikalMail of the weekTech TrackConvergence of technologies can transform societies in a big way (“The Triple Play”, May 1). One can access information on any subject and in any form- text, audio and video-instantly and even exchange it in real time across thousands of miles. In a developing and vast country like India, this could improve the efficiency of business and government manifold.-Shankar Vaidya, UdaipurDam LiesThe Supreme Court’s directive on the Sardar Sarovar project is impractical (“Dammed Development”, May 1). With so many formalities involved in the rehabilitation procedure, it is impossible for any government to rehabilitate all those displaced in just three months. Undue haste will result in large-scale irregularities and litigation, which may stall the project. The right thing to do is to penalise the governments guilty of neglecting the rehabilitation of the oustees.-Madhu Agrawal, DelhiThe dam controversy is a case of suppression of facts at every stage. The UPA Government has only highlighted the ostensible benefits of the dam and its lies have been exposed on the electricity generation front. Bureaucrats, engineers and politicians have twisted facts to suit their own preconceived notions. It is unfortunate that even sections of the national media have published biased reports to discredit Medha Patkar’s genuine movement.-H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana, MysoreNo one doubts the sincerity of Patkar and her team in fighting for the rights of the displaced people. But I am sceptical about the concern shown by actor Aamir Khan, who has suddenly jumped onto the Narmada Bachao Andolan bandwagon. A majority of celebrities join such agitations for publicity and rarely make committed social workers.-Madhu R.D. Singh, Ambala CanttIndecent ProposalsPolitical parties in Tamil Nadu, eager to outdo each other in promising freebies to people, have reduced the entire election process to a tamasha (“Mounting a Challenge”, May 1). It is a mockery of democracy and an open attempt to buy voters. I wonder why the Election Commission is not taking notice of all this.-Rajesh Kumar, BhopalTwo MuchWhom is BJP President Rajnath Singh trying to fool by saying that both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani are the party’s candidates (“Seedhi Baat”, May 1)? Vajpayee has practically retired but the BJP is still defensive about projecting Advani as his successor.-Poonam Mallick, NoidaDubious DealIn hindsight, the euphoria in India over the nuclear deal clinched with the US appears misplaced (“Nuclear Turbulence”, May 1). By inserting a clause on ending nuclear co-operation with Delhi in case it detonates a nuclear device, the US is forcing India to compromise on its nuclear doctrine. It seems American President George W. Bush made some hasty promises to get India on his side on the Iran issue.-Roshni, ErnakulamChickening OutThe cases of suicide by poultry farmers once again bring into focus the callous attitude of the Government (“Industry in Peril”, May 1). Why didn’t the Government come up with a long-term strategy to provide financial support to small-scale poultry firms? Merely requesting the banks to loosen their purse strings is not enough. The plight of poultry farmers is not very different from that of other farmers all over the country who are being exploited by moneylenders as their incomes have stagnated and the cost of inputs in agriculture has risen.-Tara Bhaumik, PuneMiles to GoIt is true that educated urban women have established themselves in all spheres of the economy, but there is still a long way to go (“Mistress of Choices”, April 24). According to the Human Development Report, 2005, in the year 2003, for every 100 men only 50 women took part in economic activity in India. Many companies are reluctant to recruit women on the grounds that they cannot work the long hours that men can.-Srabani Ghosh, KolkataThe article is about a minuscule of urban women. What about several selfhelp groups of women doing exemplary work?-K.L.R. Prabhu, UdupiWhither Art?There is absolute madness in the art world (“The Great Indian Art Sale”, April 17). It is the signature on the canvas, and not the content, that dictates the price. Then there are galleries, agents, media and auction houses which influence the trends. They are doing in the art world what the likes of Harshad Mehta did in the share market. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura, which looks more like the handiwork of a 10-year-old child, makes one wonder at the astronomical price it commands. I am sure if I do a painting and get it signed by M.F. Husain or Mehta, it will easily sell for at least a couple of crores. WING COMMANDER (RETD)-Ravi Bedi, JodhpurDifferent StrokesThe writer laments the fact that Amrita Sher-Gil was content with her “rather academic” works being accepted at the “long pass salons” of Paris (“Passion Child of Indian Art”, March 27). Maybe Sher-Gil rejected the cubism of Picasso just like Picasso rejected the abstract. Maybe her sensibilities were more Indian than European and she adhered to the academic style that later helped her explore Indian subjects and establish its own identity. In fact, this uniqueness fired the imagination of a whole generation of Indian artists who were struggling to break out of the shackles of the European academic style.-Pronab Kumar Baruah, on e-mailSpare a ThoughtThe world is trying to reduce the use of plastic, which is not environment friendly, whereas you have started packing the magazine in plastic covers. Please use biodegradable paper covers instead.-P.A. Suryawanshi, GoaP.V. Narsimha RaoFact And FictionNo amount of excuses can absolve P.V. Narasimha Rao of the charge of refraining from doing anything to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid (“It Was a No-Win Situation”, May 1). The Centre knew about the dangerous design behind the temple agitation, but overlooked it.Shiv Shanker Almal, KolkataRao has unmasked the BJP and other right-wing outfits. For them no price is too high to pay for power.Vikram Rastogi, DelhiRao forgot that the Babri Masjid issue was revived by Rajiv Gandhi by opening the disputed premises.C.M. Pershad, Secunderabadadvertisementadvertisementlast_img

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