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The fall

Apropos the article, "Why the buck took a bang" by Sanjeev Sharma (Sunday Tribune, August 25), the measures adopted by the Central government and RBI are too little and have had no effect. The confidence of foreign and domestic investors has been shaken. As a layman I feel that the neither the government nor the citizens are exercising financial discipline. Our consumption of fuel must be curtailed to the minimum. We should reduce imports of gold and consumer electronics. Exports should increase and tourism must be encouraged. The government should come down hard on black money, collect taxes honestly and curb inflation.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Reach out

Raj Chengappa's write-up, "Why Iraq is again key to India's energy needs" (Ground Zero, August 25) was informative. Post-Saddam Husain, Iraq has become mature and is becoming more democratic. It is good to know that India is helping Iraq by participating in its reconstruction efforts and exporting agrochemicals, rubber, machine tools, pharmaceuticals and tea. Ventures in fertiliser plants will help India get urea at competitive rates.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Two-edged sword

Apropos "Pakistan hawks prevail over its doves" (Sunday Tribune, August 25), Kanwal Sibal has aptly described Pakistan's two-pronged policy of extending India its hand for shaking and using the other to stab it in the back. Pakistan is using its conciliatory moves only to catch us unawares. For it, confidence-building measures mean that India should not mind being rubbed the wrong way. Unfortunately, we are not seeing through the double game. We are unwittingly allowing ourselves to be hit where it hurts the most.

Tarsem Singh, Langeri

In educationís name

The falling standard of technical education in India is alarming ("Not engineered for jobs" by Aditi Tandon; Sunday Tribune, August 25). There is a flood of technical colleges and universities and even 'laddoo' makers are successfully running educational enterprises. This glut has resulted in deterioration in the quality of education. Experienced and committed faculty is not available. If the government remains blind, we will have a large number of 'good for nothing' technical graduates, and by then, it will be too late.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

Paying the price

Apropos the article, "He met death head on in the street" by Harihar Swarup (Sunday Tribune, August 25, Dabholkar's killing warrants the severest condemnation from all. There is no place for superstitions, irrationality and blind faith in the 21st century. There is nothing wrong in propagating objectivity and inculcating scientific temper among the people. Those behind his killing are averse to any attempt towards making people gravitate towards scientific thinking. Such a regressive trend must be checked.

Ravi Sharma, Jammu

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