* This refers to After the storm (IE,October 14). On one hand,in Madhya Pradesh,lives were lost because of something as avoidable as a stampede in a temple. On the other,we were able to successfully step aside from the path of Phailin and avoided its fury. The precision and hard work of the Indian Meteorological Department,the National Disaster Management Authority and the Odisha government must be congratulated. After the appalling loss of life in Uttarakhand,it is heartening to see modern technology and communication,and best-practice disaster management being used effectively to save lives. Now,the next important challenge will be to efficiently rehabilitate people who have lost their homes and livelihoods. Most importantly,citizens now know that natural disasters can be managed to minimise human loss. People will now expect the Kumbh Mela and other events that draw large crowds to be better managed.
* This refers to Turning point Phailin (IE,October 14). There is no doubt that the way in which both the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments reacted to the most ferocious cyclone to strike India in 14 years was exemplary. We cant avoid natural disasters,we can only try to ensure that the resultant damage is minimised. The handling of the Uttarakhand floods and Phailin are a study in contrast. It is but obvious that more technology should be used to manage natural calamities. The US is battered by hurricanes annually and its management of them has mostly been exceptional due to its use of technology. The Odisha governments handling of Phailin has given Indians much confidence. The need of the hour is for all state governments to be that efficient.
* The treatment of Jwala Gutta by the Badminton Association of India is shameful (Jwala Gutta moves High Court to fight life ban threat,IE,October 9). Sports administrators,by and large,are notorious for irregularities. It is ironic that the association is targeting Gutta in such a vindictive manner for voicing a legitimate grievance and,in the process,delaying a match. Surely,anyone can see that the punishment is disproportionate to the crime. Sports administrators must remember that the sport and the players are more important than their bruised egos.
Marzun E. Jokhi
* This refers to Joshi booed out of Sena Dussehra rally (IE,October 14). Manohar Joshis outburst against Uddhav Thackeray seems to have jeopardised his political career and made him unpopular among Shiv Sena workers. Given his age,perhaps it is time for the 75-year-old Joshi to take a back seat.