This refers to the report “Lawmakers demand VW documents in US probe” (FE, October 1). This controversy has focussed the world’s attention on green vehicles. The law will take its own course in this controversy and one hopes that the guilty will be punished. A vital component of green vehicles is green driving, which is lacking in India—it results in wastage of precious imported fuel and manhours. If one parks one’s car at a turn and disappears for a while, it results in a traffic jam as other vehicles like public transport bus find it difficult to take a turn to go to the adjacent road. Till the errant driver appears on the scene, the traffic jam results in burning of precious imported fuel. Does anyone bother? We need to focus more on green driving. People are more familiar with green vehicles—emission norms compliance electric cars, etc. Public awareness has to be created by using different media like short-duration documentaries. Green driving will help reduce the number of deaths on the roads and incidents of road rage.
Deendayal Lulla , Mumbai
This refers to the edit “India’s space stardom” (FE, September 30). The launch of the ASTROSAT enables India to join the elite group of three other countries with their own space observatories. Kudos to the scientists of Isro and TIFR! It’s matter of great pride that this satellite is equipped with telescopes that can perform a host of functions for which Isro had to depend on Nasa or ESA. That apart, this outstanding performance of our scientists was not accorded the due treatment by Indian media. This news should have made headlines in the print media but was sadly relegated to the inside pages of most national dailies. TV news channels, too, gave the event a customary nod. Had it been any news with political overtones (like some votebank-linked story about the Bihar elections) or any other “marketable” news, it would have been repeatedly shown as “Breaking News”. How can our national priorities change in this unfortunate manner?
SK Gupta, Delhi