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Soaring prices belie UPA’s tall claims

Ever since the presentation of the interim Union Budget (editorial, “Prices and tempers soar”, July 30), there has been a spurt in the prices of goods of daily use. This belies the tall claims of the UPA government about falling rates of inflation.

The editorial has rightly opined that the government could have avoided the hefty hike in the oil prices which has contributed greatly to the price rise. But the real reason behind the unabated rise in prices is the government’s faulty policies.

The UPA government has left no stone unturned to destroy the public distribution system. The refusal of the UPA government to undo retrograde changes in the Essential Commodities Act is facilitating hoarding and black marketing. In fact, the slogan“Congress ka haath aam admi ke saath” has proved to be a hoax.

S K KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Indo-Pak relations

Relations with Pakistan after 26/11 have become complex and sensitive. As we do not have any economic or military leverage over Pakistan, it is better to talk. Geo-strategic and geo-political policies require that we mend our fences with our pesky neighbour.

In the wake of both countries being nuclear powers, war is not an option. So, why not employ out of the box solutions? Both countries have to re-invent themselves in the light of the contemporary milieu of global commerce, trade and business.

Both India and Pakistan have sufficient number of nuclear weapons in their arsenal to destroy each other. It is time to sort out disputes amicably for the sake of future generations. Peace must gain precedence over jingoism.


Modi on the mat

I salute the courage and steadfastness of Mrs Zakia Jafri (editorial, “Modi not above law”, July 27) in pursuing her complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the massacre of Muslims at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad. The Modi government did nothing to quell the communal fire that raged in Gujarat in 2002. Indeed, he is not above law.

A 13th century English jurist, Henry de Bracton said that a king might not be under man, but he was still under God and law. In fact, Modi’s haughty indifference was worse than that shown by notoriously cruel king, Nero, who played fiddle when Rome was burning. Worse still, Mr Modi brazenly carried out a gaurav yatra and made unpleasant remarks against Muslims.


Power crisis

The present power crisis (editorial, “In the dark”, July 11) in Punjab and Haryana is a result of lack of vision, inadequate technological inputs, unbridled corruption and political interference.

Power utilities of both the states have no vision statement to serve as a beacon for their managers and employees. Both the states failed to train their manpower and engineers in modern technological and management techniques and failed to conserve electricity.

Of late, the Haryana Chief Minister has invested huge money in power generation projects that may end the crisis in coming years.

In Punjab, however, the governments chose to be misguided. The well-intentioned move of the present government to generate power through private sector is late by five years and bound to flop due to the global meltdown. Thus, Punjab, unlike Haryana, is entering a dark tunnel.

V K GUPTA, Panchkula

Encourage savings

Small savings are the backbone of Indian economy. It has many advantages. In addition to inculcating saving habit among the masses, it stops the surplus funds from being diverted to unproductive channels. It also stops the outflow of money towards avoidable wasteful expenditure. The Finance Minister must offer incentives as well as stable and attractive interest rates to encourage this golden habit.

N L GUPTA, Jalandhar

Bring out the best

The Tribune’s endeavour to take up important issues concerning common people is commendable. The ongoing debate about the proposed changes in the education system, too, is a step in the same direction. I feel that the abolition of Class X examination will not help solve the problem. If anything, it might further lower the already poor standards of education.

It is only through persistent hard work that ordinary people can become extraordinary. To some degree, stress is essential for leading a meaningful life.

Instead of ushering in drastic changes, one feels that the syllabus should be modified suitably. The semester system is, certainly, a practical idea as it lessens the students’ burden and keeps them in constant touch with studies. Emphasis should be laid on learning and not cramming. Teachers should aim at bringing out the best in students.


Unethical media

Now some sections (article, “Ads for news: Practice can dent image of some channels, papers” by Kuldip Nayar, July 24) of the media, too, have come under the scanner. This should make us sit up and take notice. If the media, too, succumbs to unethical practices, little hope will be left for the common man. The Tribune should publish more articles of this kind.




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