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Stop power theft

The power gridlock’ (Perspective, August 5) suggests nationally there is a power shortage of only 10 per cent. Officially, power loss, including theft, in the country is 32.53 per cent. If this is avoided, we can have 22.53 per cent excess. There would be no grid failure, only development fuelled by 24-hour power supply!

Dr L. M. Saini, Kurukshetra


We conveniently blame governments for the power shortage, but the masses are equally to blame. Transmission and distribution losses are the results of power theft, which is rampant, especially in small towns. The political will to correct this also seems to be lacking. Probably it is the vote banks. Freebies and subsidies are also used to further political agendas.

Sanjeev Trikha, Fatehabad


There are two problems with electricity — one that power cannot be stored for a long time, and second that transmitting it over long distance causes a huge energy loss. India should go for captive generation, and solar energy should be promoted. But let’s also agree that the problem cannot be solved overnight, and resolve to conserve electricity.

Dr S.K. Aggarwal, Amritsar

Rich of intent

This year’s Magsaysay Award winner Kunandei Francis is a fine example of a naturally gifted individual who, with full parental support, achieved greatness in the face of odds (Profile, August 5). After completing education, he could have taken to a conventional career, but acute poverty ennobled his whole being. He rose above materialism to work passionately and effectively for the poor.

D.S. Kang, Bahadurpur (Hoshiarpur)

Punjabi take

Apropos “New vision for Punjabi cinema” (Spectrum, August 5), Indian culture and heritage is being portrayed in Punjabi films, unlike Bollywood, where cheap and filthy movies are being churned out. It has graduated from skin show to abusive language.

Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi

Begin with primary

Better to be in hurry than do nothing’ (On Record, August 5) brought out many plans of Kapil Sibal regarding changes in the education system. Reform is required at the primary level; higher education may be left to the experts. We lack infrastructure in schools. Adequate number of qualified and dedicated teachers are not available. The needs of girl students require attention.

S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida


Kapil Sibal has a vision and deserves support in and outside Parliament. Our political leadership has to understand the urgency of education reform, and support the Bills required. Time is of essence too, as we have to survive in a race with the world. Education is particularly required to bring out the weak and the meek.

Dr M. M. Goel, Kurukshetra


Kapil Sibal must remember policies that affect the entire nation cannot be made in a hurry, because anything done in a hurry fails. And public money is spent in the implementation of these policies.

A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh

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