It is heartening that the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court have made timely interventions to right two egregious wrongs. The Bombay High Court has made it unequivocally clear that water cannot be used for IPL matches while the state is reeling under severe drought. There is no justification to use water to maintain the pitches at stadiums when people do not have water to wet their parched lips. It should not be hard to decide what should take precedence – survival or entertainment. Cricket should do without mocking the poor struggling for water to prolong their survival. Coincidentally, the same day the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to pull its socks up and release sufficient funds for MNREGS and other entitlement schemes. People are leaving the drought-hit countryside in droves to look for work in the cities. It is not enough to pay lip service to the poor or coin empty slogans.
G David Milton, Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu
A bill intended for hike in the pay packages of the legislators always gets a 100% majority while other bills having societal importance would never be passed in the parliament without some ruckus. Whether it is the AAP government or now the Himachal government—it took them just five minutes to approve ‘with voice vote’ a 100% hike—such bills never throw people in curve and they are never intransigent over it. The sad part lies in expecting sympathy over the required needs of people by such law makers who can relate to the low pay hike but not with people’s suffering. Now a days the whole focus is on saying things which could get them the much needed hoopla for which they will later palliate or else get pay hikes.
Shifa Sikri, Chandigarh