Srikrishna report

The Srikrishna Committee report on Telangana has considered six options on handling the demand for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Of them, the first three are not acceptable to the committee itself while the other three have no takers. The report appears to be an academic research as it offers no practical solution.

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh is a delicate subject which cannot be resolved easily. The only solution is to appoint a Second States Reorganisation Commission to study the demands of various States for bifurcation or trifurcation. Till such time, Andhra Pradesh should maintain the status quo.

K.M. Lakshmana Rao,

Visakhapatnam

The Committee has examined the issue in detail. It has presented its findings, possible options, suggestions, and solutions after taking all aspects into consideration. We should agree to review the Gentlemen's agreement and implement guarantees given to the people of the Telangana region.

The political leaders of Andhra Pradesh should study the report without any bias and arrive at a consensus in the best interest of the people. After that, the Centre should take an appropriate decision in favour of good governance and equal participation.

Shaik. Rafeeq Ahamed,

Rayachoti

The Srikrishna Committee has done a commendable job. Leaders of all political parties should study the report and educate the people on the recommendations. Development is more important than sentiments. Students should not allow themselves to be misguided by politicians.

R. Pratap Narayan,

Hyderabad

The Srikrishna report is unlikely to find favour with the political parties of Andhra Pradesh. But the Centre should take firm and appropriate steps immediately. Agitations, mob violence on college campuses and intimidation of public officials should be strongly dealt with by the police. Any mishandling of the situation in the State will send wrong signals not only to the people of Andhra Pradesh but also to the people of other States making similar demands. The best possible solution is to keep Andhra Pradesh united and provide constitutional guarantees to the people of the Telangana region.

Suresh Nandigam,

Hanuman Junction

Utmost restraint is the need of the hour. The people of Andhra Pradesh, particularly students, should not be carried away by politicians. Potti Sriramulu made the supreme sacrifice in 1952 for the cause of the Telugu people. But the divide and rule policy of the present-day politicians has led to the Telugu people of different regions fighting one another for the disintegration of Andhra Pradesh. The creation of smaller States will benefit only politicians and bureaucrats, not the common man.

E. Krishnan,

Palakkad

If there is one issue on which the UPA government has made a mess, it is the demand for a separate state of Telangana. By hastily accepting the demand in principle, it showed immaturity. It was an emotive issue that needed a lot of deliberations, particularly on the vexed issue of Hyderabad. The Srikrishna report has compounded the situation by suggesting multiple options — something unheard of in committee recommendations.

V.N. Ramachandran,

Vadodara

Bofors again

The editorial “Bofors has risen again” (Jan. 6) is perfect advice for investigative journalists. It is a proud moment for The Hindu that photocopies of what it published in investigating the issue were taken into consideration, along with other material, in what constitutes the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Order. Investigative journalism should not become a sensational column or a detective story but must be a record of evidence that sheds light on an issue without room for doubt.

J.P. Reddy,

Nalgonda,

On the one hand, we have the principal investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), trying to wind up the case while, on the other, we have an ITAT Order that raises more queries on how the investigation has gone so far. It only shows the lack of coordination among various government agencies. In cases of malpractice that involve crores of rupees, it is essential that all agencies concerned share information and follow a common approach.

Varnika Anand,

Bangalore

The editorial highlights the role of the media, especially The Hindu, in unearthing and documenting massive corruption in a crucial defence deal. Unfortunately, today, we find a lack of the same verve, vigour and zeal that went into investigating Bofors. Are the media afraid of a backlash from vested interests? Perhaps The Hindu needs to take the lead again.

R. Sriram,

Tuticorin

That the CBI is still making concerted moves to scuttle the case against Ottavio Quattrocchi in deference to its political masters raises many important issues. It is indeed right to call it the Bofors' ghost, as highlighted in the cartoon (Jan. 5).

V. Nagarajan,

Chennai

GM crops

This refers to Kerala Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac's statement that the CPI (M) is neither opposed to Genetically Modified crops nor is ready to offer them unqualified support (Jan. 3). To Mr. Isaac, GM crops means Monsanto and Monsanto means GM crops. It is hard to believe that he is unaware of the ground realities of GM crop cultivation in the world. To say that he is neither for nor against GM crops and then proclaim that the State is GM-free is contradictory.

GM crops have been rigorously examined the world over for their biological, human, animal and environmental impact and there are scores of peer reviewed research reports testifying to the scientific aspects of safety and environmental risks. It has been clearly established that the economic benefits of the technology reach the growers directly. Mr. Isaac should pay more attention to his party colleague Ramachandran Pillai who is reported to have said that opposition to GM crops amounts to superstition.

Dr. Shanthu Shantharam,

Bangalore

365-day work

I was amused on reading the letters (Jan. 6) on the merits and defects of keeping government offices open on all days of the year. A friend of mine completed building his house in India and was awaiting his “building tax assessment.” The Revenue Officer inspected his house and asked for a bribe to complete a favourable assessment. He was asked to come to the Secretariat on a Sunday and pay the money directly to the tahsildar. When my friend asked, “do you work on Sunday,” the officer said “Oh, we have so much work that we rarely take a holiday.” Sundays were apparently reserved for some quiet transactions.

T.P. Subramonian,

Cupertino

Efficiency is about quality, not numbers. Human beings cannot be treated as machines. Due importance needs to be given to their socio-cultural needs for maintaining good mental health which is of utmost importance in discharging their duties well.

C. Petson Peter,

Kochi

When communication has become 24x7, why can't we have an administrative system that operates 24x7x365? When the railways, postal and telecommunication systems can function throughout the year, why not the government delivery system?

As a highly populated country with a large number of holidays, we have lost our work culture forcing the government sector to be insensitive and indifferent to the needs of the common man. The solution lies in allowing the willing employees to carry on with their duties. They should be given incentives. Another solution could be employing the unemployed, educated youth during holidays for specific work so that the piling up of files for long can be minimised.

V. Rajagopal,

Tirupati

Response

The editorial published on December 31, “Guantánamo's medical victims,” was based entirely on my investigative work. Yet your editors failed to provide me with credit. I request that you immediately correct this and include links to my investigative reports and state explicitly where the information derived from.

Here are the links: http://www.truth-out.org/controversial-drug-given-all-guantanamo-detainees-amounted-pharmacologic-waterboarding6558

http://www.truth-out.org/ex-guantanamo-official-was-told-not-discuss-policy-surrounding-antimalarial-drug66107

Jason Leopold,

Deputy Managing Editor/Reporter,

Truthout.org

The editorial drew on several sources, including relevant science journal articles that are credited. We thank Mr. Leopold for contacting us and are happy to credit his investigative work (the link is given in his letter) as an important source drawn upon. It should have been credited in the body of the editorial.

Editor-in-Chief,

The Hindu