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Posted at: Jun 17, 2019, 6:32 AM; last updated: Jun 17, 2019, 6:32 AM (IST)

Pay heed to Metro man

Refer to ‘Metro man to PM: Say no to free travel plan’ (June 15); this sane piece of advice could be expected only from a famed technocrat like Sreedharan and not a politician. Politicians’ talks are invariably centred around vote-bank arithmetic. The decision of the Delhi government has been taken in haste with an eye on the forthcoming Assembly elections. It is obvious that the financial repercussions of the move have not been deliberated upon seriously. Delhi Metro has the distinction of a superbly executed project. Tinkering with its working by political moves  and motives will only compromise on its performance. If the government is serious about the welfare of women, it can devise better options than to disturb the smooth running of the lifeline of Delhi.

Yoginder Singhal, Ladwa

India as swing State

Apropos the editorial ‘Chinese checkers’ (June 15), Modi’s continuous interaction with Chinese President Xi Xinping should be welcomed. The Chinese have been leading the world in almost all walks of life, be it abundant manpower or putting it to optimum national use. So far as Masood Azhar is concerned, Xi has acceded to the ban on him. Top intellectuals have joined the Modi Cabinet. Let’s have faith. Modi will row our swing-state-ship well between rival global blocks.

KL Noatay, by mail 

Gagging the Press

Reference to the article, ‘Building a republic of fear’ (June 15); the independence and the voice of the media is being crushed by the Modi government, just like it was in 1975 by Indira Gandhi. She had to lose the seat of power due to her draconian edicts against the media. The latest report on the World Press Freedom Index ranks India at 140 among 180 countries, stating that the country is particularly dangerous for journalists. It is hoped that PM Modi will learn from history and not repeat the ‘black days’. 


Fear factor

The media constantly endeavours to  unmask incompetence from the visage of the administration (‘Building a republic of fear’; June 15). Politicians and others in authority leave no stone unturned to conceal their misdeeds by silencing the media. Journalists in the recent past have been subjected to violence and threats, all of which pose a threat to the freedom of  Press. Surprisingly, no leader has stood up against it. 


Need better tourism plans

Refer to ‘8-10 hours for Manali-Rohtang trip’ (June 15); tourism in Himachal has been a non-starter. Poor infrastructure, lackadaisical planning, non-professional ‘babu’ approach has been the bane of the resplendent state. A visiting Swiss ambassador to Khajjiar in Chamba posted a pointer ‘Switzerland 6914 km (crow flight)’. He proposed high-quality ropeways specially to handle tourism for 50 years on a 50% cost-sharing basis. The revenue from such activity would have gone to the government of the day. Yet this proposal remains tied to red tape. A myopic planning of infrastructure  in the sylvan surroundings of Manali has witnessed a disaster of the carrying capacity of a destination. No alternative access routes to Rohtang have spelled doom for this perennial snow-covered pass, to which tourists throng year-long. The Rohtang tunnel, which makes the pass redundant for the locals, could prove beneficial for tourism. Not one, but many ropeways in the form of private sector participation in responsible tourism could also come to the rescue of the despondent tourist.

Anurag Goyal, Solan

Let languages be

Refer to ‘Hindi row: Nationalism versus linguistic federalism’ (June 15); I fail to understand the dissipation of energy by indulging in spheres of unproductive issues. As a nation, we must attend to the basics of development and growth. Myopia is to be shunned. Ours is a unique culture and we should take pride in such an identity. Let’s cut out disputes over languages and accept that English is an internationally recognised language and carry on with it. 

Col Kulbir Singh (retd), Chandigarh

A-I Toronto flights

It is heartening that Air India is starting a tri-weekly flight on the Amritsar- Delhi-Toronto route. This will fulfil the long-cherished desire of the people of Punjab and North America. However, it would be better if the route of the fight is Delhi-Amritsar-Toronto instead of Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto. For Punjab passengers, this will reduce the flight time considerably. Since more passengers are expected from Punjab, the authorities concerned are requested to reconsider it. 

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

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