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No one can just experiment with country’s economy

Any government on crutches of allies, which have been pushed aside, can never see its so-called reforms functioning. In fact, it is looking ahead for troubles and chaos for the people and crashing the governance (Editorial, ‘Looking ahead: What more UPA should do’, September 19). Besides, no government can turn the nation as a ‘sale market’ of unscrupulous investors through FDIs in our retail sector to offload and force their cheap and substandard goods for our people. To reduce the fiscal deficit, the government cannot take anti-people options which would do less good and more harm to people.

The 51 per cent FDI in the retail sector and disinvestment of public sector units are like a big gamble and economically disparate actions. If we take into consideration the inflation generated by such reforms, the actual growth becomes negative. Moreover, any economic reform, if it destabilises the government, can hit hard our traders and allied workers, and the socio-economic fabric will get amaged. The government, fearing its end, has increased the supply of subsidised gas cylinders from 6 to 9 in the Congress-governed states. This shows that this was done without giving due consideration to the ground realities. One cannot blame the BJP or the opposition stalling the Parliament session fighting for corruption. The Congress party behaved in a similar manner when it was in the opposition. Nothing can go wrong in a democratic system provided the politicians and parliamentarians follow the ethics of public life, show corruption-free behaviour, adopt pro-people policies, ensure political accountability and unbiased behaviour. How can the UPA government take major policy decisions without the consent of the allied parties, and force such decisions on the nation? No one can experiment with the nation. The fall of the UPA government is eminent if it does not roll-back the unpopular decisions it thas taken.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

National interest

It is a sad commentary on the political conditions prevailing in India that a leader of a regional political outfit ruling one particular state with a handful of MPs in her kitty should be brazenly keeping the leading partner in the UPA coalition government at the Centre on the tenterhooks. The Trinamool Congress leader has been opposing most, if not all, central government’s policy decisions. It has been a situation like the tail wagging the dog.  The TMC leader must place the national interests before her outfit’s regional interests. I’m not saying that she must agree with all that the Congress-led UPA government’s policy decisions, but there is a limit to which the TMC can dictate terms. It should stop continuous sniping. I am glad she has decided to part ways with the UPA. However, this may not be the end of her threats. One wonders if the Congress will succumb to her pressure tactics.It will be in its own interest to uphold principles and let the government fall. Unfortunately, the Congress’s own hands are soiled with corruption, favouritism, nepotism, poor governance and, above all, lack of charismatic leadership.It is afraid of taking the risk of mid-term polls and or sitting in the opposition. Where have all the tall leaders gone? The country is in for a long period of instability and chaos.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Inspirational story

I liked the middle written by Rachna Singh titled “Thanks for the smile, Miss Alice” (September 19). It was nice to read the story she shared with the readers.

It was very inspirational and uplifting. There are always people in everyone’s life who leave such a great and indelible impression on us. People like Miss Alice can change our lives considerably. Such perssons should be identified and rewarded. Her smile must have been very contagious. We need such people in our lives.

It makes us think mostly in our not-so-good times that life can be treated in a better way in spite of the problems we have. One should always maintain a smiling face. I also have people like Miss Alice in my life and they are certainly God’s gift to me. I hope everyone does have a person like this fine lady in one’s contact.

Manuj Malhotra



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