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Diversionary tactics

Apropos the article, A game-changer, only if he stays the course (Ground Zero, September 16), the Congress has managed to divert the attention of the Opposition and people from the coal scam by announcing economic reforms. The opposition against the FDI in retail and increase in the price of diesel is fuelled by vested interest. But the Congress would be naive to think that the coal scam would fade away in the background. The “aam admi” is sick of the UPA government, but now that it has taken a bold step, it should go ahead with it.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar


It is hard to decide who is the real Dr Manmohan Singh — the one who takes a backseat and allows allies to run the government; and remains mum on policy gaffes, scams and most crises facing the nation? Or, is he the one known for spearheading economic reforms and taking bold steps. He can’t be a “PM of substance” unless he transforms into the man we all want to see.

Dr Mukesh K Sharma, US


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a man of silence and has caused much confusion regarding economic reforms in the mind of the people. If he had taken pride in his reforms and taken them forward, he would have been forced to bring modern method of governance, which would have ensured transparency. It is difficult to say if the decision in the name of economic reforms will change the prospects for the Congress. It appears the days of the UPA government are numbered.

Parminder Singh, Ludhiana

Fans going crazy

It was nice to see the doyen of legendary Indian writers and journalists return with his column (Going bonkers, September 16) after a long break. In fact, Khushwant Singh’s readers were the ones going bonkers over the absence of a man who had not stopped writing in the last seventy years! Cartoonist Sandeep Joshi deserves applause for his portrayal of Khushwant Singh’s state of mind as he readies for another day.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon

Fanning trouble

Reference to War on the cyber front (September 16), Pakistan is using cyber technology to create unrest in India after its military failed to promote its nefarious activities through conventional methods of planting bombs in crowded places and gunning down innocent people. India must have safeguards in place.

Mahesh Kumar, Delhi

One for the farmers

Dr MS Swaminathan’s interview (“Cut paddy, not farmers’ income”, September 16) was enlightening. We need to bring more land under cultivation. The land can be handed over to the Army to develop military farms. Crops like onion and potato can be brought under the ambit of the MSP.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra 

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