Today's Letters

Sir,

A no plastic zone


It is heartening to know that people are actually doing something on the issues they care deeply and not providing just lip service. Meter Jam is one such example.

To make any area "plastic free", we have to "unlearn" to use plastic bags, which may be difficult but not impossible. The food chain stores are the biggest contributors to this menace. How about imposing a "plastic cess" on such stores? Of course, free advertisements are what they get by supplying huge bags with every purchase.

Sarita Bery
Jayanagar
Bangalore

Dark days to continue

The best days for Karnataka enjoying the luxury of no power cuts were the weeks before the state assembly elections. There was uninterrupted power even when the summer heat was at its peak. Now the power cuts are back with a vengeance and our woes are overflowing with the entire attendant shortages including agriculture with rains being one of the main culprits.

During the recent Global Industries Meet the Chief Minister projected investments to a tune Rs 3.29 lakh crores and assured the industry that power would not be a limitation. How does the government expect investment of this magnitude to flow without power, water or other crucial infrastructure? Industries cannot be erected or run with captive power generation plants nor is it viable to do so. Power shortage is often attributed to technical reasons.  Modern technology and computerized systems help in anticipating technical glitches and redress them before they turn into problems. Our engineers are well versed in these technologies to make our lives a little better.

H.N.Ramakrishna
39504 Westminster Circle
NOVI Michigan USA

Fast pace lifestyle leading to behavioral changes

The murder of homemaker and teacher at Delhi Public school has again highlighted the stress driven life in the IT and BT hub, Bangalore. Jack the ripper and Boston stranglers strike at will in our diabolic cities. They are difficult to trace because they lead an anonymous life melting into the teaming millions. Sometimes the spouses themselves double up as rippers and stranglers. The dark underbelly of Bangalore is exposed time and again by heinous crimes that seldom have a parallel.

Kotera Ajit Aianna
Virajpet-571218
Kodagu District


Avoid Sensationalism

It was disheartening to read your editorial ‘Sinister designs’ (DH, Aug 14) on the so-called ‘conspiracy’ to defame the Indian medical establishment. It is sad to note that a well-researched peer-review article (that too, a study involving collaborators from several countries including India) and published in a respected journal, no less, is being bandied about as propaganda, and even worse ‘cooked-up’ and ‘humbug’.

Being a medical professional and having done a study on multi-drug resistant bacteria in a hospital setting myself, I feel compelled to point out that the real issue is being side-lined by the media. Instead of creating a hue-and-cry over non-issues like the name of the enzyme (and not the ‘bug’ as you have erroneously stated) and trying to concoct a sinister element to everyday scientific research aimed at saving lives, attention should have been focused on the acknowledged overuse of antibiotics in health care,   the obvious lackadaisical attitude (bordering on denial) of many in the medical fraternity to even acknowledge, let alone combat this emerging menace, and lastly the need for widespread quality control and education on infection control measures (seeing as our antibiotic armamentarium is rapidly drying up)

Instead of this, the public is being misinformed. Your statement that antibiotic use is more common in Western countries (and by derivation, uncommon in India) is callous and unsubstantiated, and any physician would question how you arrived at this finding. Trying to link the implications of this study with the charges against Indian IT companies also smacks of irresponsible journalism. Attacking a scientific study without any evidence of your own to counteract its findings cannot be condoned. How is the scientific community to be blamed for reporting on this alarming trend of emergence of these bacteria?

An educated response would be to highlight these findings and to spread awareness among the general public in a non-sensationalist manner. Need I remind you that the word ‘superbug’ is also a media creation? The fact that these organisms are now being found increasingly in the community also should bring home the point that the longer we chose to ignore this problem, the less prepared we will be to tackle it. The media ‘response’ of belittling the problem and sacrificing good sense at the altar of pseudo-patriotism can only serve to blind us further. The media’s duty is to inform and not to indulge in jingoism.

Dr. C. Varun, MD
Bangalore

 

Strange are the ways of the UPA Government

The Railway Minister, Mamata Banarjee openly defies the central government, hobnobs with the maoists who had butchered the security personnel and neglects the department under her charge. All this while enjoying the benefits of office at tax-payers cost. Yet, the central government condones her defiance and prostrates at her feet just to remain in power. The absurdity is confounded when the senior most member of the cabinet rushes to Kolkata to find out what she had said in her recent public rally after issuing her a letter seeking clarification from her. The letter seeking explanation should have emanated from the Prime Minister, and she should have been called to New Delhi to clarify her position. Legislators are brought in wheel chairs when there is voting in the Parliament or the legislative assembly. In the name of the coalition compulsions, we have the most bizarre brand of politics, with no respect to accountability and the cannons of sound and rational governance.

SND Poojary
Miramar
Goa

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