CBSE Class 12 English Letter Writing – Letters to The Editor
Letters to the editor of a newspaper or magazine forms an important part of the paper. It voices the opinion of the people and provides them a platform to express their agreement, disagreement or reaction to the news and views contained in the newspaper. These letters raise issues of social, political and economic interest and generally centre round public reaction. Sometimes a reader expresses personal clarification or issues denial. In short, ‘Letters to Editor’ provide a forum to the readers to express their strong feelings and reactions to local, national and international issues.
Some important points:
- Format : Same as that of the business letters.
- The inside address : The Editor, ABC (Newspaper), XYZ (City)
- Salutation : Sir/Madam
- Complimentary close : ‘yours faithfully’ or ‘yours truly”
DETERIORATING LIVING STANDARD
Write a letter to the Editor of a magazine Expressions, New Delhi on the deterioration in the standard of living in your city. Give suggestions for improvement. Sign yourself as PMR.
15A Model Town
April 5, 20XX
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
Sub: Deteriorating standard of living in the capital city.
Through the columns of your reputed magazine, I wish to express my views on the deteriorating standard of living in the capital city of Delhi.
What does the standard of living actually mean? Does it mean possessing expensive goods of comfort and beauty, living in posh bungalows or, the overall decent and
peaceful living conditions including health and hygiene, pollution-free environment, and above all, a value-based society.
Considering all these, the living conditions in Delhi are really appalling. Dumps of garbage, heavy traffic congestion on the roads, growing atmospheric pollution, high levels of noise pollution, overcrowding at public places, etc., throw ample light on the deterioration in the people’s standard of living. Our lungs are hungry for fresh air and green belts.
The large number of immigrants, from other states to Delhi, put tremendous pressure on the resources of the city. The housing problem is growing rapidly with lack of civic amenities. The life is so busy that there is little interaction among neighbours. Hurry and worry is what best describes the life in the capital city. With growing consumerism and rising prices, the disparity between rich and poor is increasing day by day. Something judicious needs to be done to remedy this situation. More green belts and ‘silence zones’ should be created. The unrestricted inflow of people to Delhi should also be checked. Only then the standard of living can be improved.
Write a letter to the Editor of National Herald, New Delhi about water scarcity in your locality suggesting ways to improve the position of water supply. You are Ramnath/ Reema of Ghaziabad.
A-24, Kavi Nagar
April 2, 20XX
Sub: Water crisis in Kavi Nagar
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the problem of water scarcity in our locality.
It is still early summer and the residents are already facing acute water shortage in the area. The supply is cut off at 8.30 a.m. in the morning and is restored only for half an hour in the evening between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Since the timings are erratic, many people, especially, the working couples are unable to store water. Frequent complaints to the Jal Board haven’t yielded any result as the authorities express their helplessness saying that one of the tanks of the Hyderpur Water Treatment Plant is under repair and has been shut down for a month or so thereby affecting the water supply in the area. But it is nearly one and a half months since the problem began, yet there is no respite to the residents.
The Jal Board should, in the meantime, make provisions for water tankers at different horns of the day. Also, measures must be taken to expedite the repair work.
ILLICIT LIQUOR AND ANTHRAX
You are Hemant/Himakshi. Write a letter to the Editor of The Herald, New Delhi expressing your anguish over the problems faced by people due to illicit liquor and the deadly chemicals like anthrax.
5th April, 20XX
Sub: Terror caused by illicit liquor and anthrax
The recent deaths due to the consumption of illicit liquor and the fear generated in the minds of people on account of anthrax is a matter of great concern.
We often hear or read about people dying due to the consumption of illicit liquor, but never come to know about the follow up action or the punishment given to the guilty. What a tragedy! Families get ruined, children orphaned but the illegal trade continues unabated. Why is our government so apathetic towards this social curse or maybe, keeps the eyes closed deliberately because the custodians of law have their palms greased through these means only.
However, we, the awakened citizens, must raise our voice against this evil. We must try to educate not only the children but adults also. Responsibility can also be given to the Gram Panchayats and the best village or Panchayat should be awarded if they Eire able to eradicate this menace from their villages.
Another problem, I need to address is the problem of global terrorism. The people have yet to recover from the trauma of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers when they are confronted with a still more dangerous and threatening problem—the problem of bio terrorism. Prominent personalities in different countries are being targeted through the
deadly bio-chemical like anthrax sent in letters. Is man degenerated to such an extent that he can kill another human being using such means? The US government has taken strong steps to check this deadly act. However, if the guilt is proved on anybody, the person(s) must be given exemplary punishment to eliminate this heinous crime completely. I am sure that the contents shared here express the views of many. In the hope that sanity may prevail among people some day.
FEAR OF TERRORISM
Write a letter to the Editor of The Hindu on the fear that is spreading among people due to their anxiety over the widespread terrorism in the world. Give suggestions to ‘ curb such anti-social activities. You are Vikram/Varsha.
Sub: Widespread fear of terrorism
Through this letter of mine, I wish to express my concern over the widespread fear caused in the minds of people because of growing terrorist activities all over the world.
Terrorism as a method to achieve political aims has become a worldwide phenomenon. However, the shameful and hideous terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in the USA has given terrorism a new dimension. The daring assault on the dignity and prestige of one of the largest democracies of the world has shattered the faith of people completely. What is worse, it has left religious fanaticism behind as its offspring. The widespread communal riots as a fallout of these terrorist activities in India has instilled a great fear in the minds of common people. As it is, in the cross fire of political game, it is always the common man who suffers the most.
Stringent methods must be taken to restore peace and harmony in the country. One must keep the interests of the nation above the interests of the community or the individual. Sanity must prevail at all costs.
You have noticed many stray animals on the road during the busy hours of the day. These animals have caused traffic jam as well as accidents. You have already written to the concerned authorities but no action has been taken so far. So write a letter to the Editor of a leading newspaper telling him about the nuisance created by the stray animals. Sign your name as PreetiIKrishnan, C/5, Assam.
15 March, 20XX
The Indian Express
Sub: Nuisance created by the stray animals
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities of the Municipal Corporation regarding the plight of the residents of Bow Bazaar. While going to school at 8.50 a.m, I notice many stray animals wandering here and there on the busy market roads. The position is almost the same a repeat performance in the afternoon. Sometimes these animals cross the roads in a long unending array, thus causing traffic blocks as well as accidents. These animals create a health hazard too by urinating everywhere. Huge heaps of dung are lying here and there. Flies hover over them and insects breed inside them.
We have already written to the concerned authorities but no action has been taken so far. The authorities are requested to depute officials to catch these stray animals and send them to the police pen. If unclaimed, these might be auctioned. It is hoped that an early action will be taken by the concerned authorities.
PROBLEMS OF HOUSING SOCIETY
Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India, highlighting the problems of the Housing Cooperative Society to which you have recently shifted.
B-6, Saraswati Vihar
19 September, 20XX
The Times of India
Sub: Problems of Saraswati Vihar
I want to highlight the problems of Saraswati Vihar—a Housing Cooperative Society to which I have shifted recently. I request you to give them wide publicity to attract the attention of the officers concerned.
- The colony has electric poles but there is no provision for street light. There is complete darkness when there is a breakdown in domestic power supply.
- The roads have uncovered manholes over the sewerage lines. These have caused a couple of accidents. An eight year child was saved from death only yesterday.
- The garbage disposal system is very poor. Perhaps the municipal authorities do not take cognizance of the existence of this Housing Society at all. It is only once in a blue moon that a truck visits the area to collect household refuse. May I hope that the authorities will pay attention to the genuine difficulties of the residents and take effective remedial action?
I do hope you will champion our cause.
You are Aman/Aditi studying in Bharat School, Lucknow. The road leading to your school is very congested and full of potholes. Students and parents are often caught in a traffic jam. In spite of several representations, the government has not done anything to improve the condition of the road. Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India, drawing the attention of the government to this problem.
23 August, 20XX
The Times of India
Sub: Traffic congestion on Rajaji Road
Through the columns of your newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to the appalling condition of the road leading upto Bharat School. The entire stretch is narrow, congested and covered with numerous pot holes. This often causes a traffic jam and inconvenience to students and staff of the school. A lot of time is wasted both in the morning and afternoon when the school buses have to leave.
The school has filed several complaints to the local authorities but they seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The situation worsens during the monsoon. It can also become dangerous threat to pedestrians. On behalf of the school students, I request the authorities to take immediate action to rectify this condition.
The improvement in the condition of the road will ease traffic congestion and ensure the safety of the citizens.
BASIC CIVIC AMENITIES
You are a resident of Mahalakshmi Apartments, Patparganj, Delhi. Your residential area is flooded with roadside dwellers who are deprived of the basic civic amenities like light, public toilets and bathrooms. Write a letter to the Editor of The Hindustan Times, highlighting the problems of these roadside dwellers, and also the problems posed by them to the public. Give suggestions for improvement.
7th Feb., 20XX
The Hindustan Times
Sub: Restoring basic amenities to the roadside dwellers of Patparganj
Through the columns of your renowned paper, I would like to request the authorities concerned to provide basic amenities to the roadside dwellers of Patparganj area.
Due to floods the residential area of Mahalakshmi Apartment, Patparganj has been flooded with roadside dwellers who are deprived of the basic civic amenities such as light, public toilets and bathrooms. The local authorities should immediately set up tents for these people, provide medical aid and make available other necessities at the earliest.
They have lost their huts due to floods. Everything is wet and unusable.
I’m sure these lines in the columns of your paper will awaken the concerned authorities to : take urgent remedial measures to help the roadside dwellers.
You are Sunil / Sunita, staying at Mayur Vihar, Delhi. Your locality being away from the main city, the poor bus-service adversely affects the life of the residents. Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India, highlighting the problems faced, and also giving a few possible solutions.
3 Ankur Apartment
10 May, 20XX
The Times of India
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
Sub: Transport dilemma
Through the columns of your newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned transport authorities regarding the plight of Mayur Vihar residents. As you are aware Mayur Vihar is a large colony on the outskirts of Delhi. The residents of Ankur Apartments are facing the brunt of isolation as there is no bus stop within a radius of 2 km. Since the bus connection is unavailable, other modes of transport like the autos and taxis also do not have a stand nearby. It becomes extremely difficult to commute from the place except in one’s own vehicle.
It is proposed that the bus service should be provided at the earliest so that the inconvenience being caused to residents presently is permanently removed.
Looking forward to an early action by the concerned authorities.
Yours truly Sunita
You are Prakhar /Pummy staying at the Adarsha Apartments, Mayur Vihar, Phase-I, New Delhi. There is no bus stop within the radius of 2 km from the apartments, causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents. Write a letter to the Editor of The Hindustan Times drawing attention of the government to this problem of the residents for rectification.
5, Adarsha Apartments
Mayur Vihar, Phase I
10 May, 20XX
The Hindustan Times
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
Sub: Transport dilemma
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the Delhi transport authorities regarding the plight of the residents of Mayur Vihar.
As you are aware, Mayur Vihar is a large colony on the outskirts of Delhi. The residents of Adarsha and Ankur Apartments in Phase I are facing the brunt of isolation as there is no bus stop within a radius of 2 kms. Since bus connection is not available, other modes of transport such as autorickshaws and taxis also do not have a stand nearby. Under these circumstances it becomes extremely difficult to commute from the place except in one’s own vehicle. It is therefore suggested that the city bus service should be extended to this colony so that the inconvenience being caused to the residents now is removed for ever.
Looking forward to an early action by the authorities concerned.
Prakhar / Pummy
You are Reshma/Raghu staying at the Press Apartments of Nagpur. The main road leading to this colony has three open manholes causing frequent accidents at night. Also, it gets so dark after seven in the evenings in winter that the children and women of these apartments just cannot venture to move out alone during night time. Write a letter to the Editor to The Times of India drawing attention of the government to this problem of the residents.
5 Press Apartments
7 March, 20XX
The Times of India
Veer Savarkar Marg
Sub: Plight of press apartments
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to bring to your kind notice as well as that of the authorities concerned to the plight of the residents of Press Apartments.
The colony has three open manholes which have been a source of fear and anxiety to the residents. In fact two little children—aged seven and nine belonging to the nearby slums—have already lost their lives. Moreover since these open manholes lie on the main road leading to the colony, it becomes difficult for the commuters to use the road after darkness prevails, especially in winters. Women and children are the worst affected. They do not venture to move out as soon as it gets dark.
It is earnestly hoped that the authorities competent to redress our grievances will pay attention to our plight and get the manholes covered and also provide street lights to this neglected colony.
You are a social worker. You are upset as some good schools are exploiting the parents at the time of admission by taking capitation fee in the name of donation or building fund. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily highlighting this corrupt practice. Sign the letter as Rahul/Rakhi.
5, Ambedkar Street
15 March, 20XX
The Times of India
Veer Savarkar Marg
Sub: Capitation fee—a curse
I wish to draw your kind attention to the increasing menace of capitation fee which has become prevalent in schools at the time of admission. Although nobody seems to be in favour of this practice it is going on unchecked.
To me it seems nothing short of corruption to seek funds in the name of buildings, facilities etc. Isn’t it a shame that in a country where education was once free, it is now being sold and that too at a price. This unfair pressure on parents is taking a toll and it is high time a legislation is drawn up against this malpractice. Awareness against this extraction of money in the name of donation or building fund should be created. All sections of society including parents, teachers, students and educationists should come up in arms against this system and force the educational institutions to discontinue this evil practice forthwith. Providing quality education is one thing and the misuse of funds under the garb of capitation fee is quite another.
I urge the government to take stringent action against these dealers of education and lay down as well as enforce strict laws to curb this menace.
You are a social worker. You feel upset as some of the good schools are admitting as many as 60-70 students in a class just to mint money. This is adversely affecting academic standards. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily highlighting this corrupt practice. Sign the letter as Jaishri/Ranjan.
7, Reiki Street
16 March, 20XX
The Times of India
Veer Savarkar Marg
Sub: Commercialisation of education
I wish to draw the attention of the public in general and authorities in particular to the crass commercialisation prevalent in the good schools renowned for providing quality education.
My son goes to a prestigious public school which admits students after conducting so many tests and charging a hefty amount as various funds. To a casual onlooker the system appears restrictive and selective, but the overcrowded classrooms with 60 to 70 students in the primary section tell a different story. Almost every section of every class is in a similar situation. Even though the school works in two shifts there doesn’t seem to be any respite from the ever increasing size of the class.
The overcrowding of classrooms adversely affects the academic standards. It is very difficult for any teacher, howsoever, resourceful to build any rapport or conduct interactive sessions in such large classes. The curriculum is ‘covered’ in a poor manner. The academic values are brushed aside with nonchalance and the sole factor that governs the school authorities is the money that these large numbers rake in.
Will the authorities look into this sad state of affairs and bring an end to this commercialisation of education resulting in falling academic standards?
OPENING OF A POST OFFICE-CUM-TELEGRAPH OFFICE
You are Rama/Ranjan Srinivassan of Gacchibowli, Hyderabad, where there is no post office. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily drawing the attention of the government to this basic need of the residents of your area. Justify the opening of a post office-cum-telegraph office in your locality in not more than 200 words.
Gacchi Bowli, Hyderabad
10 March, 20XX
The Times of India
Sub: No post office in our locality
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the government authorities to the following:
(a) Our colony in Gacchi Bowli has more than ten thousand residents.
(b) We do not have basic amenities like post office-cum-telegraph office in our area. We face a lot of inconvenience because of the above and many a time urgent mail is lost due to careless handling. On approaching the sub-post office, we are told that they would not register our complaint. Since ours is a newly established colony, no one is willing to listen to our problem. Our colony is in dire need of a post office.
I am sanguine that the competent authorities will be kind enough to pay heed to our need and open a branch post office in our locality.
You are Aakanksha tAbhijeet staying in Kanishka, Cooperative Group Housing Society, Indira Nagar, Mumbai. There are no street lights on the main road leading to this colony. The road gets so dark after seven in the evenings in winter that the possibility of some major accident cannot be ruled out. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily drawing attention of the government to this serious problem of the residents of Indira Nagar.
Cooperative Group Housing Society
7 March, 20XX
The Times of India
Veer Savarkar Marg
Sub: Kanishka in the dark
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to bring to the notice of the authorities concerned the appalling state of civic amenities in our city.
Our colony has been in darkness with no street light for the last six months. There are no street lights even on the main road leading to this colony. This road gets so dark after seven in the evenings in winter that the possibility of some major accident cannot be ruled out. Moreover, the crime rate has gone up. In fact, it has now become a serious problem to go out especially in winter evenings. The women and children of the locality are the worst sufferers. Even the playtime of the children has been adversely affected as it is now restricted to sunset time.
On behalf of the residents of the colony I request the authorities to wake up and take immediate steps to ensure that street lights are in working orders so that major accidents are averted.
Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India, complaining about the noise pollution in your locality drawing the attention of the government to take steps to check the same. Sign as Gaurav/Gauri, Janata Nagar, Ahmedabad.
23, Janata Nagar
7 October, 20XX
The Times of India
Sub: Noise pollution in Janata Nagar
Your paper brought out a special supplement on the state of noise pollution in our city but nothing worth mentioning has been done since then to reduce the level of noise. During peak hours the noise level crosses 100 decibel mark. It is feared that constant exposure to high level of noise for long periods may not only cause deafness but also induce other diseases like headache, hypertension and blood pressure.
Ours is a posh locality situated in a lush green area. It was the most quiet area in the city. However, for the last one year, there has been a steady increase in noise pollution and it has become intolerable. Even at late night one can hear loudspeakers blaring out marriage songs, jagran bhajans or election speeches. Although high pitched noise is no good for any one, its worst victims are the students whose concentration is disturbed and the people suffering from hypertension and heart related ailments.
Will it be possible for you to invite the attention of the civic authorities towards our plight? Will they impose some curbs and restraints on the use of loudspeakers after 10 pm?
TEST YOUR SKILLS
- In its bid to educate people about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, the Govt, of India has been taking serious steps to prevent it. A few years ago it ordered all cigarette manufacturing units to insert a statutory warning on cigarette packs. Now it is considering censorship of all national daily giving your own views.
- Write a letter to the Editor, The New Indian Express drawing attention of the concerned authorities to the misused and poorly maintained subways in Chennai. Give your suggestions. You are Ram/Rani living at 10, Kamraj Street, Chennai.
- You are Karthik/Krithika of Chennai. Of late, chain-snatching incidents are increasing in the city. Write a letter to the Editor of The New Indian Express Drawing the attention of the concerned authorities. Also give suggestions.
- You are Anand/Anandi of Mumbai. You are upset to find that the only public garden of your locality has been grabbed by the local self-styled ‘Netas’. Write a letter to the Editor of The Hindu drawing the attention of the government to this unauthorised occupation. (’Word limit: 150 words)
- You are Amrit/Amritha of Bangalore. You are disturbed at the non-availability of essential commodities in the Fair Price Shops of your area. Write a letter to the Editor of The Hindu drawing the attention of the authorities to the irregularities in the Fair Price Shops. (Word limit: not more than 150 words)
- You are Rohit/Rohini of Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore. You feel depressed at the poor performance of India at Olympics and feel that poor facilities and the discouraging attitude of the government are the root cause. Write a letter to the Editor, The Times of India expressing your views on how the standard of performances in sports can be improved in India. (Word limit: not more than 150 words)
- Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India about the poor attention and the negligence on the part of the medical staff in some of the government hospitals of Chennai. Sign as Peter/Yana of No. 117, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. (Word limit: not more than 150 words).
- You are Ranjan/Rajani of 25, Civil Road, Damoh, Bihar. You feel concerned at the gradual decay of historical monuments in India in general and in Bihar in particular. Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India describing the decay and degeneration that the historical monuments are facing in your state and also suggest some steps to maintain them properly.
- You are Rakesh Gupta of Durga Colony, Hoshiarpur. There is a wine shop in the vicinity of the famous Durga Temple. The drunkards and riff-raffs create ugly scenes near the holy place. You have written to the local authorities to shift the shop to some other place, but to no avail. Write a letter to the Editor, The Tribune, Chandigarh highlighting the nuisance caused by the drunkards and suggesting ways to overcome the problem.
- You are Supriya Pathak of Indira Nagar, Benaras. Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India, New Delhi about the misuse and poor maintenance of public parks in your city.
- You are Ranjit Singh of 27, Surya Colony, Jaipur. You feel disturbed after reading the news of starvation deaths in villages of Rajasthan. Write a letter to the Editor of The Jaipur Herald drawing his attention to the sufferings of the poor in this year of severe drought and suggesting measures of providing relief to the unfortunate victims.
- Write a letter to the Editor of The Indian Express about the impact of watching too much television on the health and studies of school going children.
- You are Nandita Patnaik of 25, Ring Road, Cuttack. You came across an advertisement based on laser technology to help ladies look best. You feel strongly about the dangers inherent in the use of these synthetic chemicals and over exposure of skin to laser beams. Write a letter to the Editor of The Sun, highlighting the possible dangers to the users and suggesting action against the exploiters.
- Pramod Goel of Shimla is worried that despite a legal ban on trafficking of drugs, a large number of school going youth are becoming drug addicts. Write a letter to the Editor of a local newspaper pointing out the harmful effects of drug addiction and suggesting steps to curb it.
- You are Aditi/Aditya Verma of 27, Begham Pul, Meerut. A tanning factory is proposed to be set up in the new industrial area just across the playing fields of your school. You feel strongly about this plan as it would prove disastrous for the health of young children as well as other citizens. Your protests to the authorities have borne no fruit. Write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India highlighting the problem and offering suggestions.
- You are Savita Sen of 23, Rifle Lane, Jhansi. You are worried that in spite of a legal ban on child marriages in the state, thousands of child marriages are performed on ‘Basant Panchami’ day. She writes a letter to the Editor, The Bhopal Times expressing her strong views against child marriage and advocating some immediate steps to arrest this social evil.
- As a traveller of Blue Line buses in Delhi you are a witness to their rash driving and other problems the passengers have to face daily. Write a letter to the Editor The Indian Express, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. Sign yourself as Priyanka.
- As Anjan Malik/Anjana Malik, a resident of Indira Colony, Rohtak, write a letter to the Editor of The Rohtak Times, regarding the long powercuts your colony has to face everyday. Also mention the problems faced by the residents owing to the commercialisation of residential space.
- You are Sanjeev Mehta, coordinator of your school Literacy Club. You are deeply concerned about the drops out and adult illiterates still living in slums and villages. On behalf of your literacy club write a letter to the Editor of The Hindu, Chennai regarding the need to reach out to the young school drop-outs and the adult illiterates. Also give details of the steps your organisation is taking in this direction.
- You are Bharat Reddy of 15/1129, Rajiv Nagar, Ananthpur (Andhra Pradesh). Write a letter to the Editor of a national newspaper about the undesirability of primary school kids carrying heavy bags to their school.
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