Letters to the editor

Partisan budget

Sir,

The Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has proved that vote hungry and narrow minded ministers are the order of the day. He has pushed projects where Congress has a stake interests like in Rae Barielly, Andhra Pradaesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka. Most places that are ignored in this budget are ruled by the opposition. This shows that we are not mature democracy and indifferent to nation's balanced development.

Sd.
V.S.Ganeshan
Bangalore-94 

Paradigm shift

Sir,

The Railway Minster Pawan Bansal has presented a pragmatic rail budget for 2013-14, making a paradigm shift from populism to pragmatism with stress on safety and comfort. Bansal spares passengers by proposing no increase in fares as it was hiked recently but takes an unpopular but inevitable measure to hike freight charges in a move to raise resources for the growth of the Indian Railways and to ensure better amenities. E-ticket booking on mobiles, extension of booking hours and SMS alerts on reservations are passenger-friendly measures. More importantly, more jobs are to be generated. The budget aims to address major causes of accident to achieve zero-accident target. Clearly, all level crossings will be eliminated. The budget is remarkable with its accent on safety, particularly women’s safety. Smoke and fire detection system is envisaged, with fire extinguishers to be kept in guard vans. Special trains for ladies are proposed in metros. Out of 67 new trains to be introduced, Karnataka has reason to feel elated with 7 new trains introduced and old routes extended.

B H Shanmukhappa

Kingfisher’s woes 

Sir,

The government by withdrawing permission for Kingfisher Airlines to fly to various destinations in India and overseas has driven the last nail in the coffin. The airline once touted as the "five star" hotel in the sky, is in real trouble with the investors banging at its doors to recover their dues. The blame has to be put squarely on its management, especially the chairman  Vijaya Mallaya who brought the company to such a sorry state of affairs. Kingfisher is unable to either pay salaries to its staff or clear debts and there is no bank or financier which would now bail out the carrier considering its present condition. What a fall for an airliner which took off with a bang but ended with a whimper!

D.B.N. Murthy
Bangalore

Dead end for Kingfisher

Sir,

With the government withdrawing its entire domestic and the international traffic rights, it seems the Kingfisher Airlines has hit the dead end.  One expected the flamboyant liquor baron Vijay Mallya with his high connections and the multifarious businesses to bail out the ailing Kingfisher Airlines by pumping funds. But as he failed to revive the ailing airline, the staff and the shareholders bear the brunt of it's failure. But the million dollar question is will the management be able to put in the sincere effort required for a phoenix like resurrection?

H.P.Murali
Bangalore


Lullaby of Life of Pi

Sir,

Hearty congratulations to the makers of film ‘Life of Pi’ for bagging as many as 4 Oscars including one for direction. Of course, I also join millions of Indian viewers in expressing disappointment over losing over to ‘Sky Fall’ in the best song and lyrics category. Even though the lullaby of Life of Pi was much better in terms of lyrics, music and picturisation.  I cannot help but feel that the controversy over the lyrics of the lullaby might have influenced the academy to play it safe. The academy cannot be aware that most of the lullabies in Tamil and Malayalam have certain words like kanne, kanmaniye, kuyile and nilave in common and for a Malayali writer (Thampi) to claim that Bombay Jayasree copied his lyrics is height of ignorance. He raised this controversy only after learning about the academy nomination. When will our people rise above such petty issues?

G.Krishna Prasad,
Bangalore.


Joy ride to Chennai

Sir,

The story "Enjoy double-decker train ride to Chennai" (February 25, 2013) made for a delightful read. The introduction of South India's first double-decker AC train between Bangalore and Chennai is the best thing that has happened in the Railways in a long time. With a record journey time of just six hours the express double-decker is the fastest between Bangalore and Chennai and could put the wind and the excitement back into train travel. One would not be surprised if there is a mad scramble for the tickets as kids and adults vie with one another to grab a seat. While one looks forward to travelling in the new Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) double-decker train one fervently hopes that more such trains are introduced on longer routes making travel fun and an adventure. Long live the double-decker!

N J Ravi Chander,
Bangalore

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