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Centre cowed down by Opposition

After an initial show of defiance, now the government has started back-tracking on the FDI issue. Has the furore over the FDI in retail been a case of bad selling? Lacking political craftiness to push a decision that it believed will improve the material well-being of many Indians, the UPA government is guilty of placing its survival above economic reforms. When it made the ‘brave and polarising choice to allow FDI in retail, the UPA government appeared set for a landmark decision that it hoped would improve rural infrastructure and mobilise consumers in the country. The merciless campaign against the proposal by the Opposition has put plans to rest.

A coalition where disgruntled partners threaten to pull out at the slightest provocation has been the undoing of the present government. In spite of being the major component in the alliance, the Congress has never really asserted itself and finds itself playing second fiddle to its associates in the UPA. Hence its sincere attempts at reforming the economic scenario in the country is met with stubborn resistance every time.



With reference to the write-up by DR Mehta ‘Retailers have little to be worried about’, FDI in retail in India does not mean depriving Indian people of their business but will open new doors for competition. India‘s face will change in a progressive way. There will be no scope for adulteration. Customers will get things at competitive prices without bargain. Shopping will be in a customer-friendly atmosphere.

The middleman’s margin will be waived off and thus customers will be benefited. Lower income groups who buy things on daily basis will depend on corner stores in streets for their purchases. The only negative impact of FDI is that income generated in India through MNCs will go to foreign countries.



The present UPA government at the Centre has been consistently losing its credibility. The government has questioned the motive of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in calculating the presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the 2G scam.

In fact, the government should appreciate the efforts put in by CAG to bring forth vital information by using various financial analytical tools. 

NK RANA, Kurukshetra

Pakistan needs help

In the article ‘Troubled Pakistan’s uncertain future’ by BG Verghese (December 6), the author has given a detailed report on the prevailing political, economic, civil and military conditions in Pakistan.

The all-powerful Army in Pakistan is responsible for the uncertain future of the country. The Army has its own priorities and the civil government has a titular head only. The Army is playing double game by aiding terrorists on the one hand and getting financial and military aid from the US on the other hand.

The growth rate in Pakitan is 3 per cent and inflation is 12 per cent. Power cuts, gas shortage, unemployment and the IMF loan repayments are playing havoc with the country’s economy and progress. Pakistan is in an uncertain situation and its future is really bleak. Other countries must come forward for the sake of humanity and do all that needs to be done to save Pakistan.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Unity in diversity

Sehajdhari Sikhs are quite right in questioning the SGPC’s definition of a Sikh (‘Sehajdharis question DC’s presence’, December 7). To claim that Sehajdharis are not Sikhs amounts to saying that pluralism and diversity do not exist in Sikhism.

India’s strength is its diversity.By depriving Sehajdhari Sikhs of their democratic rights and religious space within Sikh traditions, the SGPC is acting against the very edifice on which the Indian state and the religious dynamics of Sikhism came into being.


Sarpanch’s brazen act

The Punjab police failed to prevent the unpleasant slapgate incident and has erred further by registering a weak case against the accused Sarpanch, who was released on bail a few hours after his arrest.

The village head who does not give due respect to women should be dismissed from his post. He deserves punishment. Physical assault on women is not acceptable in any civilised society.


New ‘middle class’

Families belonging to the middle class and upper middle class have acquired modern lifestyle these days. Children study in elite English-medium schools. They love to dine out at continental and inter-continental restaurants.

They drink coke and mineral water instead of normal tap water. Expensive sports like Formula One and lawn tennis are among their favourite sports. They dream of becoming Bollywood stars. Their wives love to shop in malls and supermarkets. Who will dare to stop the government from bringing 100% FDI in India?


Web censorship

Like many others, I dislike morphed caricatures and slangs used by the Internet users. I’m sure if politicians, who are concerned about their image, do their job efficiently and honestly, the general public will start worshiping politicians instead of denigrating them.


Taming the corrupt

This refers to the report ‘MP municipal storekeeper stocks a surprise: Rs 12-crore stash’ (December 8). It is one among the hundreds of cases of misappropriation of funds. One can very well imagine the extent of corruption in the state.

The peon would not have acquired assets in a single day. His superiors must be familiar with his activities. Why did they keep quiet? When a case was registered against the corrupt peon, why were departmental proceedings not initiated against the supervisory staff? The government should understand why Anna’s crusade touched millions of people.

  RJ KHURANA, Bhopal 



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