Pet cemetery

This refers to the report, ‘Dubai to add ‘pet hotel’ to its attractions’ (August 5).  A start-up entrepreneur should think of hotels or homes for animals in India too.  This brings one to the question of last rites for animals.  Are there separate crematoriums for animals?  Why have animal lovers have not thought of this issue? Recently, an entire village in South Bengal perfomed last rites for two elephants killed in a lightning strike.  Some villagers even shaved off their heads to perform last rites.  They ate only fruits and vegetables so that the souls of the killed elephants rest in peace.

As the two elephants were killed in a forest, post mortems of their bodies was conducted as per the rules. Some villagers helped the doctors in this procedure, as they were disturbed by the death of these two elephants.  They shaved their heads and fasted in honour of the dead pachyderms.  A 21-day ‘shraddh’ was performed for the two dead elephants. These villagers did not believe in killing the elephants unless they posed serious danger.

Any takers for animal crematoriums?  I always wonder how dead animals are disposed of.

Deendayal M Lulla

Natwar should know better

I have not read the book written by Natwar Singh, but this much is clear to me. If he cannot understand the stand taken by Rahul Gandhi, then he is unfit to even write a book of this nature. It is a known fact that Indira Gandhi was shot dead while she was Prime Minister.

Who does not know that Rajiv Gandhi also did not die a natural death? He was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber and they have got more support in TN than the Indian National Congress. So isn’t it natural that Rahul did not want his mother to become PM?

Instead of writing about someone else, the writer should have written something on himself and tried to analyse why despite being so capable a leader, he did not become PM.

S S Nair

Bhatsa yet to brim over

Bountiful rains in the catchment areas have brought smiles on the faces of the engineers of the Hydraulic Department of the MCGM. Out of the seven lakes supplying drinking water to the megapolis, the stock position in five reservoirs can be now considered as satisfactory. In fact, three of them, Tulsi, Modak Sagar and Tansa have already crossed their respective overflow marks, and the other two, viz., Vihar and Upper Vaitarna are nearing their full capacities.  However, the levels at Bhatsa (mostly catering to eastern suburbs) and Middle Vaitarna are well below their overflow marks. With the remaining two and half months of this rainy season yet to come, they are also expected to fill to the brim.

Arun Malankar

Two more golds we missed

There is more to it than meets the eye in the dropping of charges against the Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and senior international wrestling referee Virender Malik.

The duo was charged with drunken driving and molestation respectively. It seems an attempt has been made to play down the incident. Earlier on the last day of the Commonwealth Games the jubilation at our contingent’s splendid showing at the podium was turned into humiliation when news of the scandal broke out. Unfortunately, by the dropping of charges, Indians were deprived of two more golds, in the disciplines of ‘hit and run’ and ‘assault’ alongside judo and karate!

Hemant Hemmady

Horse and bull policy

The main question and challenge before Congress is its total erosion and loss of ground in the vast rural hinterland due to its heavily tilted policies towards the urban/industrial sector and utter negligence regarding the rural/agricultural sector.

Not only this, the Congress, from the very start had adopted two different policies towards the above-mentioned sectors, which are like the two wheels of our economy.

Socialism in rural India, but unlimited free-floating capitalism for urban India won’t succeed in the long run. It is bound to fail and would create far more problems than solutions.

Can a horse and bull work to pull the carriage?

The same applies to the economy also. In one sector, we have Arabpatis/Kharabpatis and in the other we have atmahatyas (suicides) on a regular basis. This anomaly is extremely dangerous. This will only serve to increase Naxalism as the daily widening gulf between rural and urban India will produce more and more Naxals.

S R Wakankar

Downgrading we can’t afford

Shouldn’t we want to escape being the country with the largest number of illiterate people in the world? Do we hope to have millions of good schools we need for that?

Will Modi deregulate education and end the licence raj in education?  Any autocratic attempts now at UPSC fail to take into account the basic fact that value is subjective, and the quantity and quality of IAS personnel that need to be produced must be set naturally by the demand and supply in a free, unregulated market.

Attempts (by the ABVP and others) interfering with the inputs amounts to “employees dictating terms to the institutions (employers), on their suitability for the positions.” In short, the state best works bottom-up as opposed to top-down. In the new Modi free market, ‘maximum governance’ depends on healthy

communication between administrators and citizens, as opposed to dictation by the government.

The root cause is in our current education

system. Its accessibility is low; encourages rote learning; the syllabus is boring and diluted, and hence its utility for the services would be

crucially limited. Should Modi desire debase and regulate the UPSC, this will make the age-old definition of UPSC as Uttar Pradesh and Scheduled Class body!

Subrahmanian S H

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