That our politicians are making irresponsible media statements when the entire country is saddened by the tragedy in Uttarakhand is condemnable. Instead of helping the State government and the security personnel who are rendering great service in helping the stranded pilgrims, leaders of the Congress and the BJP are engaged in a war of words. This is certainly not the time for adverse comments and criticism.

Political leaders should learn a lesson or two from our armed forces and voluntary organisations providing yeoman service to the victims of the floods. The high commands of the two national political parties should restrain their leaders.

J.P. Reddy,

Nalgonda

The army has done a remarkable job in the past few days. On the other hand, our political leaders are behaving irresponsibly. Most of them have been fighting over declaring the floods a ‘national calamity.’ They do not realise that the situation is a national calamity even if it is not declared thus. Two years ago, Japan was struck by a massive earthquake and nuclear catastrophe. Its leaders apologised to the victims and promised to initiate some changes. Back home, our leaders do nothing more than promising relief packages and ex gratia payments. As someone said, “nothing happens, before or after the catastrophe.”

Ritvik Chaturvedi,

New Delhi

Narendra Modi’s claim through his PR machinery that he rescued 15,000 Gujarati pilgrims in a Rambo style is weird. He should not create a larger-than-life image of himself. India and Indians have had enough of such gimmicks. Let us concentrate on better things.

V. Paul Rajaiah,

Peiyanvillai

Although Mr. Modi’s gesture towards the Gujarati pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand was commendable, his attempts to capitalise on a human tragedy are quite rude and uncalled for. Instead, the Prime Minister aspirant could have been apolitical and provided a morale booster to those engaged in rescue operations.

D.V.G. Sankararao,

Vizianagaram

When disasters such as the Himalayan tragedy strike, the affected areas should be handed over to the military. They should be cordoned off till they are cleared. Politicians should not be allowed to undertake an aerial survey or visit the area. They do nothing but politicking. The media should behave responsibly.

M.P. Yadav,

Hyderabad

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