I fail to understand the unnecessary hue and cry over the new TV show “Sach Ka Saamna”. Why are we not ready to face the truth?

The host of the show poses intimate questions to contestants who must answer truthfully for winning the grand prize of Rs.1 crore. If the contestant does not have any problem with this, why is it that other people do? All said and done, the show is highly popular, which means many watch it and enjoy it. Also, it is progressive and forces us to introspect.

I would, in fact, request Star Plus channel to approach bigwigs such as Lalu Prasad, Rahul Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Pappu Yadav, Arun Jaitley, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shatrughan Sinha to take part in this show. We would like to know how much truth our leaders can face.

Naresh Raj,

34, Power Colony, PSEB, Model Town, Patiala.

Population bomb

A recent e-mail forward showed data indicating that India ranks first in terms of the number of children being born every year. With our population already close to China’s, it is alarming that we are still growing at such a fast rate. Family planning awareness campaigns seem to have no effect.

If China can introduce a “one-child” policy to control its burgeoning population, is there nothing we can do? A recent newspaper report about families going in for more than two kids was disturbing. It is even more disheartening that even education fails to enlighten us about the importance of having not more than two children.

It is high time we did something about this. India already has a significant population living below the poverty line. The numbers are increasing by the day. As citizens of this country we should contribute to spreading awareness about the need to control our population and the benefits of a small family. We need to help the underprivileged sections of society realise that extra hands do not mean extra money; it only prevents their children from breaking the shackles of poverty.

Sridevi Sarkar,

P-6098, Devinder Vihar, Sector-56, Gurgaon – 122 011.

Safety or speed?

Traffic on the main Lodhi Road in the Capital has become so fast that it has become a dangerous “death mile”. It is especially true for the portion between the Safdarjung Tomb and the meteorological office.

During the morning hours, the traffic is dangerously fast as the traffic signal and the opening into the main Jor Bagh have been closed. Some cars come at a speed of 100 km per hour. Speeding in a bid to overtake others is also very common. Pedestrians have to run across to reach the other side as the red light has been removed.

The Traffic Police authorities should give a second thought to the arrangement at once. They should decide what is more important: fast traffic or public safety?

D. N. Malhotra,

30, Jor Bagh, New Delhi – 110 003.

Hello, Railways…..

Proper efforts were not made to develop the Railways in South India during the past 15 years. Nowadays reservation is not available even two-three weeks prior to journey during the non-peak period. Certain steps need to be taken to make it efficient and user-friendly.

For one thing, the ‘tatkal’ quota should be reduced to five per cent of berths and preference should be given to senior citizens. The frequency of trains which do not run every day should be increased, especially from Alappuzha, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Mangalore, Secunderabad, Thiruvanathapuram, Yesvantpur and Vijayawada. These are the busiest stations on the route and getting a reservation to and from these is becoming increasingly difficult.

New trains should be introduced if the problem persists.

K. V. Jos,

Flat No. 306, A Block, Vijayalakshmi Apartments, 4th B Cross, Abbaiah Reddy Layout, Kaggadasapura Main Road, C. V. Raman Nagar Post, Bangalore.

Plug the holes

The Gas Authority of India Ltd. has recently laid gas pipes in our colony for supply of cooking gas for domestic use. It has, however, left the job incomplete. Wide holes dug on the metalled road of my service lane and the lane at the back of my residence have not been filled and cemented. The uncovered holes pose a big danger to everyone, especially senior citizens like me. Will GAIL wake up only after a mishap takes place? I look forward to immediate action now.

N. S. Kapur,

K(U)-6, Pitampura, Delhi – 110 088.