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TSI TEAM | Issue Dated: September 2, 2012, New Delhi
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Killer roads
This is in reference to a very emotional but an educative editorial, "Road accidents or preventable and predictable massive public health concerns?" (TSI, July 29), penned by Arindam Chaudhuri, in which while narrating a tragic road accident resulting in the untimely death of his younger brother, the author has rightly stated with a heavy heart that it's India's pathetic road safety that let him down since ours is a country of road killers where the highest number of road deaths in the world happens and if it were America, chances are 50 times more that my brother would have been alive.
It is really tragic that nearly 1.05 lakh people die in road accidents every year in our country which is the highest in the world. Although the fatalities in road accidents are moving up at a compounded annual growth rate of four per cent, India has not taken road safety very seriously so far and does not have a comprehensive policy on road safety. It is the dire need of the hour to emphasise a national commitment to reduce the accidents for which the road safety boards at central and state level should be set up with the provision of a road safety fund for which one per cent of the cess on diesel and petrol collected by the government should be spent in reducing the accidents.
Chaudhuri while concluding has rightly said that the road accidents are not only preventable but can be wiped out for which a vision is required with an ultimate aim to bring down road accident deaths/severe injuries to zero. His advice carries weight that "if your speed limit is right, you can keep the roads accident free for which it should always be kept in mind that "SPEED THRILLS BUT KILLS".
Dilbag Rai,

Slum sums
Apropos "Politics of illegal colonies" (TSI, August 12), I would like to first thank Prasoon S Majumdar for bringing out a very crucial issue affecting a large section of the urban dwellers. However, Majumdar has commented generally upon Delhi, Haryana and Punjab but one must see to believe the precarious condition in which the slum dwellers in and around Kolkata live in. Even the reputed writer Dominique Lapierre also indirectly commented upon the dismal condition of slum dwellers of Kolkata in his famous book 'The City of Joy'. The slums in Kolkata are mainly of three types – bastees in the periphery of jute mills comprising mere shanties having lack of even bare minimum necessities like hygiene and sanitation, including water supply and garbage disposal. Although over the period, the government has partially improved drainage system, garbage disposal and also provided Sulabh Sauchalaya but these are less than the minimum requirement. For medical treatment, the government has provided ESI hospital but the facility there is much below the bare minimum requirement. Coming to the second point, many slums have come up in the vicinity of leather processing areas where it stinks constantly and no preventive measures have been initiated. The leather processing industries were initially started by the erstwhile British regime without any care for the health of the people around there. Although there is some improvement but it is much below the modern requirement. Besides the above two categories, there is  a third category of slum which has come up in Kolkata consisting of mainly the refugees from Bangladesh, people from villages and adjacent states who have come in search of a job. Some of these people even have made the pavement as their home. Although the political parties are aware of this hapless condition,
yet nothing has improved over the
period. Thus unless the development measures are initiated without any vote bank interest, not much improvement can be achieved.
Ranjit Sinha,

Graft politics
Referring to "Cursed by graft" (TSI, August 5), I would like to state that it is rather unfortunate that the nation which boasts of its democracy where every citizen can voice fearlessly on any negativity that he or they come across. But unfortunately, the government does not listen. Instead, the politicians try all sorts of tricks to gag public voice. Besides, they also try their best to defame the person concerned in every possible way as they have done and still doing against the Anna Hazare and his team. It is rather shocking that in spite of revelation of black money stashed abroad illegally in Swiss banks and also other corruption cases against certain politicians, the government still is inactive. Hazare had earlier attended meetings with Union ministers, but nothing has materialised so far. Even so much that the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by Team Anna and sent to the government, neither has yet been implemented nor even discussed in Parliament. Thus, Team Anna does not have any other alternative except thinking of forming a political party.
Lt Col R Sinha (Retd),

Anti-graft movement
This has reference to Sutanu Guru's write-up on Anna Hazare, "A Delusional Foray" (TSI, August 19). It is no secret that corruption has made inroads into the government departments and people are fed up with scams. After Hazare and his supporters started campaign against corruption, Indias thought that at least someone has initiated a movement against graft. Team Anna has been demanding an end to corruption by urging the government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill and take adequate steps to bring back black money stashed abroad by Indians illegally in foreign banks. In fact, Team Anna could have garnered more support had they not expressed their desire to start a political party keeping in view the 2014 General Elections. In fact, I am really surprised by Team Anna's political ambitions.
Santosh Kumar,

The 'write' mind

This is in reference to Monojit Lahiri's write-up "Into the mind of the writer" (TSI, August 19). It seems that the article has very subtly brought about a very big yet obscure enlightenment that the profession of writing has no more remained what we may call passion for writing, especially in the wake of fast spread of information technology and Internet revolution. In this world of commercialisation what we seriously lack is pain, which prepares the plinth for the palace of the art of writing. PB Shelley  once said that our sweetest songs are those that tell of the  saddest thought. What, in fact, a magnum opous requires is agony. What a masterpiece needs is sorrow and vicarious feelings. But, unfortunately we are currently passing through a stage of numbness of human feelings. It is no denying that ours is a world of pure professionalism and fierce competitions. In fact, John Ruskin once said that all books are divisible into two classes – the books of the hour, and the books of all time. It is the books of all time that calls for heuristic orientation and psychic finesse of the writers and a galaxy of readers who die for relishing the flavour of semantics and esoteric meaning of life woven around them. To be very frank, I absolutely agree with the author that in its place, the world is a stage, there's no business like show business, along with similar anthems celebrating
the spirit of connection appears to
be moving centrestage, casting the
writer in a whole new double-role: Writer-Performer!
Shreeprakash Sharma,
 Samastipur, Bihar

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