Today's Letters

Rain woes

Bangaloreans have been continuously complaining about the need to keep storm water drains in good condition free from filth, garbage for the smooth flow of rain water. Despite having sufficient men, materials and funds at its disposal, the BBMP has not taken any action in this regard and wakes up only when tragedy strikes.

BBMP commissioner's statement that no prior warning was received from the Met department shows their ignorance to the problems faced by the people.

Even after the civic body elections and new members assuming office the situation has not improved. Equally the Govt. is also exhibiting its utter callous attitude and the people are suffering silently.

Therefore the only way out is to file a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court against the Civic Body to discharge its duties properly.

B S Raghavendra Rao

Performance, not reshuffle matters

This refers to "BSY shows he is boss with portfolio distribution" (DH, Sept 23, 2010). Conventional wisdom has it that politicians love power and are loath to give it up. This truism has been exemplified by one minister even threatening to commit suicide if he is removed from the cabinet.  Using his prerogative as Chief Minister, Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa appears to have played his cards well in the cabinet reshuffling exercise.  In the ultimate analysis, however, it is the overall performance of the government that matters.  Hopefully, despite minor glitches, the South's first-ever BJP government will live up to people's expectation, with 'development' as its main agenda.

P.P Sethumadhavan

Incompetence at CWG

This is with reference to the editorial “Games Shame” (DH Sept 23).

Even the most severe critic would recall how Indira Gandhi launched the mission to
salvage the 1982 Asian Games. Compare this to the incompetence of the present government. The Delhi Government announced the blacklisting of the firm contracted to erect the overbridge. But Sports lovers and patriots now have their own black-list: Manmohan Singh, Suresh Kalmadi, MS Gill, Randhir Singh, Lalit Bhanot, Jaipal Reddy, Sheila Dikshit… No doubt more names will be added in coming days!

J. Akshobhya 

Avoid the hype and concentrate on progress

This is with reference to “India third most powerful nation says US report” (DH September 22, 2010). We should not be carried away by the hype created and instead concentrate on enhancing our progress.

Deepak Chikramane

Ratnakar’s death a great loss

The passing away of film actor Ratnakar at the age of 80 is a serious loss to the Kannada film industry. Despite acting in over 300 Kannada films it is a pity that he lived a life of penury struggling to make ends meet. Let us hope that Ratnakar’s three sons and daughter-in-laws get some help from the government, such that the late actor’s soul rests in peace.

P.N. Srivatsa

Emulate Bill Gates

It is heartening to see Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world today deciding not to leave his fortune to his children. Contrast this with our politicians amassing wealth by unscrupulous means and making every one in their extended families millionaires.

I wish our rich businessmen could emulate the example of Bill Gates and teach their children the dignity of creating one’s own wealth.

V Venkatasubramanian

Media’s bias

None of the English news channels carried the news of the death of the blind musician and scholar Dr Puttaraj Gavai. Obviously they do not recognize the greatness of a person like Gavai because he did not belong to the English-speaking elite of our society. Puttaraj Gavai's contribution in running educational institutions for both normal and blind students is unparalled. He was a great Carnatic and Hindustani musician, versatile in playing many instruments like violin, sitar, santoor, tabla etc.


Obam’s obsession with Bangalore

This is with reference to “President Obama Bangaloored again” (DH, Sep 16).

Earlier also during one of his election campaigns, Barack Obama had urged audience to “Say no to Bangalore, yes to buffalo”.  He is well known for his rhetorical speech and as a Senator he was very smart and well informed with his oratory. But merely urging the US students to do better than Bangaloreans will not help. There should be a will to achieve.

Similarly, by forcibly cutting tax benefits to those companies which are outsourcing their business, Obama will be harming his own country in the long run.

Mandikal S Ananda Rao

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