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On species

Pratap Bhanu Mehta has made a sterling contribution to socio-anthropological research with his catalogue of Delhi’s biodiversity

On species

* Pratap Bhanu Mehta has made a sterling contribution to socio-anthropological research with his catalogue of Delhi’s biodiversity (‘The new Galapagos’,IE,July 4). May I humbly suggest two additional species that prominently inhabit Delhi’s ecosystem? One is Legalis ad Nauseum,an avian species whose members are distinguished by their black-and-white plumage,a tendency to engage in incessant courtship,and occasionally intelligible chatter in which words like “adjourn” and “objection” may be discerned. Another is Journo Cynicus,a predatory species whose relatively low population is more than balanced by its ability to influence the behaviour of all the other species. Its members prey on every other species,and usually hunt in packs called “hacks”. The loudest and most feared members comprise a sub-species that shrieks 24/7,tentatively named

Anchorus Hystericus.

— R.P. Subramanian

Delhi

Political urgency

* The cabinet has cleared an ordinance to give effect to the government’s food security plans. This is inexplicable and shameful. Is the government unsure whether the bill would have been passed by Parliament? Our constitutional scheme envisages that the executive be given legislative powers to deal with unforeseen and urgent situations. In this case,the situation is neither unforeseen nor urgent. Well perhaps,it’s politically urgent,due to the fast approaching elections.

— Funsuk Wangadu

Pune

Life of a commission

* This refers to ‘Nanavati panel gets its 20th extension’ (IE,July 3). The Nanavati Commission,appointed to probe the 2002 Gujarat riots and Godhra train carnage,has been granted its 20th extension till December 31,2013,by the Gujarat government. What is the point of appointing a Commission if its findings are not made public within a reasonable period of time? In case the panel is given a further extension,and if Narendra Modi becomes prime minister in the meantime,then what are the chances the commission’s report will see the light of day,unless of course,it turns out to be favourable to him?

— P.G. Menon

Chennai

Who needs bricks?

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* This refers to ‘Earth calling MoEF’ (IE,July 4). The type of reddish-brown,loamy soil used for brick-making,is precious and best used for crop cultivation. It takes nature thousands of years to convert rocks into soil. Brick-making breaks this cycle,and takes fertile soil away from its organic role in the food chain. It will be to everyone’s benefit

if we explore alternative substances for construction purposes,such as fly-ash bricks. To ban the

conversion of soil into bricks is not an excess,it is ecological prudence.

— Arun Chavan

Sangli