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TSI TEAM | Issue Dated: July 15, 2012, New Delhi

Blind media
Arindam Chaudhuri deserves kudos for his most precious and praiseworthy work on the lamentable and pathetic condition of present-time Indian media. His editorial ‘Rekha and Jaya Bachchn’s silsila…..’ (TSI, May 27) has much importance as it has expressed much condemnatory attitude towards the prevailing media mechanism in India. It is the media management who disfigures and tarnishes the beautiful face of journalism, dancing to the tunes of political lobbyists and corrupt leaders. Under some personal interests, they highlight some news, which are insignificant, without giving much importance to the issues Indians face today like rampant corruption cases, farmer suicides and crisis in agriculture production. As it introduces itself as the forth pillar of democracy, it must try to stand by the position that it has behold.
Muhammad Najeebullah,

Radical reform
The write-up “What is more important: Saving the economy or electing a President?” (TSI, June 24) by Sutanu Guru was overwhelmingly an intriguing masterpiece on the art of politicking and preserving the nation which spontaneously reminisced me of this famous cliché, very relevant in context with the contemporary politico-economic condition of India. It is no denying that since the last month the entire government functionaries and the renowned political leaders have been busy doing juggleries for the anointment of the President of India. We have cornucopia of problems confronting the nation which need immediate redressal.They say that with each passing year a democracy grows to be more matured and strong. However, the ground reality is not so promising. A general atmosphere of what we call anaesthetic milieu of politics and public concern has to be radically done away with.
Shreeprakash Sharma,
Samastipur, Bihar

Era of bollywood
Your special double issue on paying tribute to Indian Cinema 100 years (TSI, July 8) has everything a movie buff yearns for.The articles on Indian cinema have been quite informative, especially its comparison with the World cinema. Off late, Bollywood is no longer at the centre of Indian Cinema. Regional language films are scoring over it with stories nearer to life and problems surrounding the man. It is highly commendable that young directors are coming up and bidding goodbye to formula film. Many film journals have contributed to the story of Indian Cinema. A write up on it will have added grace to the issue. Long live Indian Cinema.

Water crisis
In  Musings " Water Woes.." ( TSI, July 8) Prasoon S Majumdar has very rightly commented that since the searing summer temperatures are taking  toll on millions across the nation and household taps are almost running dry, the conniving water mafias are all set to make some quick bucks at the expense of the hapless consumers. The water starved cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are worst hit that are facing this pressing problem the most .Water mafia will soon become an organised business. The government must roll out a multi-pronged programme for efficient use of water resource treating the water supply as an essential element of urban infrastructure, on the same plane as power. One way is to incentivise campaigns to promote rainwater harvesting and increase supply. More important measures should be taken to ensure efficient and sustainable use of water resources by opening up the sector to private players for increasing investments, improving management and ensuring metered services at staggered prices.
Prabhjot Kaur,

Water crisis
Referring to Prasoon S Majumdar's write up “Water woes” (TSI, July 8), I would like to state that although a laudable approach has been made to project details of water crisis in metropolitan cities but there are many more areas especially the villages who suffer due to (1) Inadequate tube wells (2) Similarly in small towns even the government borings get dried up again due to faulty designs and non-checking of availability of ground water prior to boring. (3) Frequent disruption of electricity resulting disruption of water pumping and thus inadequate water supply to consumers. (4) In some areas the ground water is Arsenic contaminated and since neither there is any other alternative source available nor have Arsenic proof tube wells provided. This resulted people perforce use the contaminated water and suffer.  To overcome the water shortage crisis it is necessary that studies be made to obtain river and sea water and convert it as drinking water and then supply, it be impressed upon all to avoid wastage of water and conserve it to the extent possible, the government should make water reservoir for rain water storage. However, all these are possible only if the government and people address the problem jointly devoid of any unscrupulous activities or intention.
R Sinha,

Avoidable hazards
In Musings “Water Woes” ( TSI, July 8) Mr Prasoon S Majumdar had pointed towards the deepening water crisis which the country experiences every summer. Water shortages are now the norm across major Indian cities, especially in peak summers and this inevitably gives rise to water mafias, who are controlling access to water. The long lines in front of water tankers, right from urban centres in lush Kerala to cities in the more arid north, is ample evidence of the crisis. India is a seriously water-stressed nation, with per capita availability of water falling sharply from 5,177 cubic metres in 1951 to 1200 cubic metres in 2012. And the impact has been made worse by the seasonality of flows, which ensure that almost half the rainfall happens during a period of around two weeks and almost 90% of river flows occur in just four months. But India has done little to conserve water for off-season use. Need of the hour for the nation should be to take substantial measures to stave off the water crisis for which the government must roll out a multi-pronged programme for efficient use of water resources. One way is to promote rainwater harvesting and increase supply. More important are measures to ensure more efficient and sustainable use of water resources by opening up the sector to private players for increasing investments, improving management and ensuring metered services at staggered prices. More public investments also need to be made in building new storage capacities and preventing run-off.
Suman Kukal,
Ambala Cantt

Greedy doctors
It is in reference to the Aamir Khan's take on the Satyamev-IMA controversy resulting into a heavy brick bating from the medical professionals side for which Arindam Chaudhuri had mentioned in his editorial " Run!!! The merchants of death are angry!" (TSI, June 17) that Khan's crusade against the erring doctors is absolutely praiseworthy and specifically so in the light of our existing health system. But it is really tragic that the people belonging to a divine profession to heal the world have made its mockery by their greed.

Corrupt corporate
It refers to "Taming insider trading" (TSI, July 8). Recent conviction of Rajat Gupta, who once was blue-eyed boy of the corporate world, sitting at various prestigious boards has sent us in deep introspection mode. The fact that Rajat Gupta convicted and presumably he would be sentenced to atleast 20 odd years in jail, just for giving tip to his friend Rajaratnam tells a lot about the stringent rules and regulations in USA, which we can never expect in a lenient country like us. Because money and power plays a huge role in our country and if some one in our corporate world gets caught for insider trading will soon be released, thanks to his connections at right place and money power. So Rajat Gupta case might be a landmark in US corporate history but India will never see such encore.
Bal Govind,
Noida, UP

Give me more
On Rajat Gupta's fall Arindam Chaudhuri has very rightly analysed in his thought provoking editorial "The American Dream...antithesis " (TSI, July 8) that the key reasons behind the Rajat Gupta saga are endless greed and an endless chase for more. As long back as one looks, the causes of capitalism-related ills have been this endless greed and craving for more. No doubt his life story, before the trial, had been a perfect fairy tale of fulfilment of an American dream: orphaned at 18, graduation from IIT-Delhi, MBA from Harvard, first non-American managing director of McKinsey and Co, director of Goldman Sach's board, adviser to the UN Secretary General, adviser of several prestigious companies and NGOs, personally worth $84 million. yet everybody is asking why did he do it? The answer is 'MORE'. The end of Rajat Gupta is as much a symbol of the Great American Dream as the story of several successes are, for the American Dream is about making and chasing more.
Suman K,
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Quality education

This refers to Prasoon S Majumdar's article "Tuning the tutor" (TSI, June17). The article poignantly presents a clear picture of the academic culture in the country.The coaching centre claiming 100% successful record undoubtedly assures and illusionise the success craving students and parents. And here starts the cut throat competition among students, coaching institutes and schools. Mushrooming of coaching centres definitely polishes the talent and provide an easy path to students. But, besides extracting tremendous money, it provide materials which had left the students being spoonfed. If a student fails to afford the expenses of coaching, he suffers from Lack Of Confidence Syndrome. Students tend to pay attention in schools and completely depends on coaching classes. But then how can coaching institutes in a stipulated time of 2 hours and 3-4days a week with minimum of 200 students can provide quality education?

Ranjeet Kaur

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017