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TSI | Issue Dated: August 12, 2012, New Delhi
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Assam aggravation
In reference to the special report "Pride & Prejudice" (TSI, Aug 5) by Ankita Das and Snehangshu Adhikari, the blunt suggestion of police to keep women at home for preventing them from sexual abuses presents the ugliest picture of the insensitivity. Especially in the wake of molestation of a minor girl student in Guwahati. What aggravates the situation more is when the so-called social activists and the authorities start cautioning women against blindly aping the western culture, dresses and lifestyle. There has been a huge hue and cry over the wearing of skirts. It is not denying that development of a nation is not bereft of its flip side. Progress brings pollution to the psyche of people. Growth brings about gender gap. What we require at this crossroads of chasing the fast tempo of growth of the world economies and sustaining the old gold and evergreen morality and chastity of human civilisation is the inculcation of basic human values and promotion of what we may call the propensity of pedantic and spiritual ethos in the people of the country.
Shreeprakash Sharma,

Fatality factor
Referring to the editorial "Road accidents…..concerns?"( TSI, July 29 ) by Arindam Chaudhuri, an alarming figure of 14 people dying every hour in road accidents in the country gives a shivering sensation in the spine since it is the highest in the world. The shooting trend of fatalities on our roads exposes the causes of which the human factor is main because drivers, pedestrians and mechanical defects in vehicles, bad roads and other factors like bad weather, cattle coming in the way, fallen trees, road blockage, absence of rear reflectors, non-functioning of road signals etc. Although road accidents are serious issues but little attention is being paid to this. Therefore remedial measures as well as punishment for the violators are also arbitrary. Road safety can only be improved when we understand the causes and consequences of road accidents so as to work out remedial measures.

Killer drivers
Referring to ''World's Lousiest Drivers'' (TSI, July 29) report, I would like to comment that probably most appropriate word would be 'Killer drivers' as per going by the track record of road accidents in India which is very high world wise. As of the reason though maximum accidents occur due to influence of liquor mostly obtained by lorry drivers on highway motels and dhabas, yet there are other reasons too like issuing driving license to untrained. There must be a break after driving continuously for two hours. This will eliminate the monotony and fatigue of continuous driving, and also the driver must get full rest at night as this will rejuvenate his alertness while driving.
Ranjit Sinha,

Accident analysis
In reference to the editorial on "Road accidents... concerns?" (TSI, July 29), Arindum Chaudhuri has made an apt analysis that with mere 12 million vehicles on its roads, the country bears an onslaught of about 114,000 deaths. The deaths are causing not only human loss but also a huge loss involved in the victim-related costs, property damage and administration costs. It is really a matter of great concern that our country having only one per cent of the world's vehicle population accounts for about 10 per cent of road accident fatalities and thus attains the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of road accidents in the world. So, why do accidents happen is a billion dollar question for the country and its countrymen to ponder over? It is for the government to tackle road safety issues in improving the road infrastructure by introducing one-way traffic, reducing the number of vehicles on the roads, and making separate lanes for heavy vehicles.
Suman Kukal,
Ambala Cantt.

Olympic optimism
As the Games for the XXX Olympiad begins, thousands of athletes from across the world will compete against each other at the London Olympics. India has sent a strong contingent, this time and our 81 athletes having high hopes that they will come back with some medals, especially in shooting, wrestling and boxing will be the spotlight. The competitive spirit of the sportsmen is obvious. This time they want to make their presence felt and for this they have worked hard to improve their individual and team standards. The father of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin that the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. The nation expects its athletes to give their best at Games. And be, as the Olympics motto says, "Citius,Altius, Fortius", 'Swifter, Higher, Stronger' than they have ever been.

Beyond the games
This is in the reference to ''Indian Sport Is Set For A Big Leap'' (TSI, Aug 5), Rathore is right. People have begun to look beyond the game of match fixing, money and cheer leaders! India has the potential to win in tennis, hockey, athletics, badminton, archery and shooting, wrestling. With a little bit of expert help, modern up to date infrastructure and less of politics, India can be force to reckon within 10 years. Sport should become an election agenda. Indians are not short on talent. They need more fitness and freedom to train. Sports has become a means to earn money and power for the netas of India affecting India's performance in top events.
Santosh M Joshi,

Maruti melee
This refers to the special story ''Mayhem at Maruti'' (TSI, Aug 5) – the disgraceful incident that took place at Maruti plant in Manesar resulting in the miserable death of a HR Manager reflects the enormity of social unrest in Indian industrial management. Such incidents are indeed to be condemned. Maruti Suzuki has stirred up an automobile revolution in India and contributed its best in commuting the middle class section of the society. But, insufficient grievance redressal mechanism, lack of transparency, improper subordinate superior patronage, pending labour issues, ground level politics in each level of organisational hierarchy result in the recurrence of Manesar like industrial chaos. It is evident that every organisation is concentrating on increasing productivity throwing employee welfare to the winds. There is an urgent need to reform the labour laws in such a way that every worker is rightly rewarded for his or her the contribution.
Santhosh Kumar,

Castro's capitalism
In reference to the ''Raul's Asia Visit; Benefits'' (TSI, July 22) by Ganesh Kumar Roy, in which Fidel Castro's quote 'Capitalism is using its money; we socialite throw it away' was very interesting. But when the socialites throw the money away how the erstwhile USSR flourished it all terms and competed with 'Capitalism' based powerful America and the China up to recent past, it was totally controlled economy based on 'Communism' ideology flourished. According to me, Capitalism and Communism too have many advantages and disadvantages and it is the 'Humanism' which is more important.
G Govind Reddy,

Risky remediation ?
This refers to the article ''Are we being tested rightly ?'' (TSI, July 29) Anywhere in the world, clinical trials are a carefully regulated area because of the obvious risks involved. In India, with its high levels of illiteracy, the risks become even greater since it is much more difficult for many of the potential 'volunteers' in trials to make an informed choice. Further, a public healthcare system that is inadequate leaves most people seeking any sort of treatment they can get. India needs to be even more cautious than most in regulating clinical trials.
Meghana. A,

Opportunist Obama

The article ''Big Swings on Small Hinges'' by Saurabh Kumar Shahi (TSI, July 29) deftly analyses the emphasis of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on the so-called 'Swing States'. Surveys suggest that Obama has a slender lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in these fence sitting states. While Romney’s campaign center’s around economics and unemployment, Obama’s campaign criticizes Romney’s poor record as domestic job creator during his association with Bain Capital an asset management and financial services company. Employment indeed is an important issue with Americans with unemployment rate of over 8%. With mixed responses coming from various polls and surveys, it is all set for a close finish in the Nov 6 Presidential election. Jyotis
Chandra Sarkar,

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