Sir — It is heartening to note that the chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, has taken the initiative to contain corruption in the state (“Bihar former police chief to lose house’’, Feb 2). Such raids and seizures would certainly make the administration cleaner and better. One hopes that other states too will take similar initiatives to raid and seize properties of corrupt bureaucrats . Hopefully, a strong jan lok pal bill would be implemented soon to curb corruption.
A.S. Mehta, Calcutta
Sir — I was shocked to hear about Yuvraj Singh’s illness (“Yuvi’s cancer put at grade I”, Feb 6) .What was initially reported to be a benign growth ultimately turned out to be a case of grade I malignancy, leaving the entire nation in a state of shock. But knowing the fighter that he is, Singh will come out of this episode even stronger. We will be hoping that his self-belief will increase after triumphing in the battle against cancer. We believe that he is receiving treatment from the best hands. Singh will remain in our prayers till he recovers completely. Here’s wishing Singh the very best for one of the toughest battles of his life.
Madhureema Das, Calcutta
Sir — The hero of India’s recent world cup triumph, Yuvraj Singh, is suffering from cancer but reportedly it isn’t a life-threatening condition. At present, Indian cricket is going through a lean phase. It is imperative that the skilled and strong-willed Singh returns to the side at the earliest.
While the obstacles posed by killer diseases like cancer can easily dishearten most individuals, it will not be the case with Singh. He should take inspiration from the champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, who came back to win cycling championships after being diagnosed with cancer.
Amlandeep Bhattacharya, Calcutta
Sir —The railway station in Kharagpur is one of the biggest railway junctions in India. Its platform is reportedly the longest in the world. But this station is one of the most neglected and poorly maintained in the country. Passenger amenities like chairs or benches or electronic display boards are absent. Drinking water is often unavailable. There used to be an electronic display board and microphones on the overbridge but they have been removed. Moreover, phone calls about railway enquiries are seldom attended to. The general manager of south eastern railway should take note of the problems and take steps to solve them.
Shivaji K. Moitra, Kharagpur
Sir — Recently I had to face an incident which was embarrassing as well as inexplicable. My aged sister-in-law was on a visit to Calcutta from London. I took her to Jorasanko Thakurbari on the day after Saraswati Puja. Surprisingly, the security staff did not allow us to enter, saying that it was closed for visitors due to Saraswati Puja. Many more visitors arrived, including a number of foreign tourists. They returned disappointed after being turned away. People from all over the world are visiting the birth place of Rabindranath Tagore. But the administration is insensitive to their needs.
Rama Bose, Calcutta