* This refers to Kejriwal govt opens freebie floodgates: 667 litres daily (IE,December 31). Arvind Kejriwal is quite lucky since,unlike Mamata Banerjee who took over the reins from the ossified Left Front government in West Bengal,he has inherited a cash-rich administration from former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. But he is also unlucky as the Delhi government has to coordinate quite a bit with the Centre. It is imperative that Kejriwal use public money judiciously. The aam aadmi has many needs that are still to be met. The granting of 667 litres of free water per day to households will only benefit people with piped water connections and water meters. Kejriwal must prioritise reaching out to that section of Delhis population which has no water meters to begin with. He should aim to provide piped water to everyone.
* Why is the AAP providing free water to people who who can afford to pay for it? Meanwhile,millions of people without piped water connections will continue to wait for the water tankers. The culture of freebies may win some votes but it will be economically and socially disastrous.
* This refers to the editorial King Kallis (IE,December 31). There is no doubt that Jacques Kallis is one of South African crickets unsung heroes. As is Rahul Dravid in India and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the West Indies. If we compare Kalliss performance statistics with those of iconic players like Brian Lara,Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar,he is definitely a notch ahead of them. It would be futile to compare Kallis with the legendary Garry Sobers the times during which they played were too different. Sobers was the best all-rounder of his era. But if you compare Kallis to acclaimed all-rounders of the recent past Ian Botham,Imran Khan,Richard Hadlee and our very own Kapil Dev there is no doubt that Kallis is king.
* This refers to Transitions,2013 by Seema Chisti (IE,December 31). The most important political moment of 2013 was the humiliating defeat of the Congress in Delhi at the hands of the one-year-old Aam Aadmi Party. The AAP is in the process of making inroads into the political strongholds of the Congress. It has already indicated that it will field a candidate in Amethi,Rahul Gandhis constituency. The outcomes of the 2014 elections will change India forever.