Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention, The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to The Indian Express, B-1/B, Sector 10, Noida-UP 201301.
Letter writers should mention their postal address and phone number. The winner receives books worth `1,000.
I was shocked to read that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has denied the right to children to have protein from eggs in Anganwadi meals (‘Veg Chouhan blocks eggs in anganwadis’, IE, June 1). Commercial unfertilised eggs are, by no stretch of the imagination, less vegetarian than milk. In fact, they have just “half cells”, with half DNA and no ability to hatch. Instead, fresh milk would contain thousands of live cells. There is the healthier option of Omega-3 eggs, with almost no side effects. I hope the chief minister fulfils his responsibility to malnourished children first. He must ensure that children get the best protein and, possibly, the much-needed Omega-3 fatty acids too.
Mahabaleshwar Hegde, Pune
The government has to recast the Farakka Treaty for India to gain ground in Bangladesh (‘With Mamata’, IE, June 1). The following issues must be kept in mind: Sharing Teesta waters without cultivating the potential in upper riparian land will be unjust to West Bengal; India needs to ensure the usage of inland waterways and land corridors, besides a substantial reduction in Chinese footprint; illegal immigration needs to be addressed; the land boundary should be fenced; illegal trade across the border must be tackled; the construction of the Tipaimukh dam must be justified; and there must also be an integrated river basin development of the Brahmputra, with pressure on China to act judiciously as a upper riparian state.
R.P. Singh, Patiala
This refers to ‘A house for Ms Qadri’ (IE, June 1). It’s very difficult for a Muslim to find accommodation in a city like Ahmedabad. But the problem is not just confined to Muslims. Even south Indians face discrimination while looking for an abode in this city. The most common reason builders put forward is that we are non-vegetarians. It’s really amusing that we put chandan on our forehead to prove we are “south Indian Brahmins”. Only then did they heed our demand. Why do we have to fear disclosing our identity?
Jayasankar Thayyil, Ahmedabad
The editorial ‘A deadly wave’ (IE, June 1) points out measures people and the government should take for protection against a killer heat wave. Most victims succumb to the heat because of their poverty, living or working in open spaces with no escape from the heat. The neglect of greenery, environmental destruction and emission of greenhouse gases create more imbalance in seasons, climate and temperature. That also takes a greater toll on the poor.
Y.G. Chouksey, Pune