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Posted at: Oct 17, 2019, 6:42 AM; last updated: Oct 17, 2019, 6:42 AM (IST)

Inequalities deepen divide

Apropos ‘Macro dimensions of poverty brushed aside’ (October 16), the article offers a persuasive critique of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s individualistic conception of poverty and its alleviation. The causes of widespread poverty in the developing world are not to be traced to an individual's biography but to class, caste and gender inequalities existing therein. All evidence reveals that economic inequalities have greatly deepened with the advent of neoliberal or laissez-faire capitalism at the global level. No strategy of poverty eradication will succeed until the unjust socio-economic system is radically transformed.  Unfortunately, neither Indian economics nor politics is driven by such vision. 

Bhupinder Singh, Patiala

Getting priorities right

Refer to the article ‘Bettering lives of the poor with small changes’ (October 16); India takes pride in Abhijit Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo getting the Nobel Prize in Economics for their experiment-based work. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, too, had similar priorities. Shunning freebies, the government should enlist such economists and their development theories to frame integrated plans to combat poverty.

Abhimanyu Malik, Jind

Nobel recognition

Apropos ‘Handholding have-nots’ (October 16), the Nobel committee has rightly recognised Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their work in Economic Sciences. Their innovative approach to studying poverty at the grassroots and offering new ways to deal with it has pointed to the enormity of the problem. Banerjee’s views should be heeded as an ideological agenda is no panacea for the problems facing a vast country like India.      

SS Paul, Nadia

Well-deserved honour

Refer to the editorial ‘Handholding have-nots’ (October 16); opting for 'remedial factoring' could be a key to the long-standing blockade of development and growth. With this recognition of the study of the Nobel laureates, the authorities might finally take into consideration the strategies which have never been taken into account while implementing an effective policy. Their work can be utilised to eradicate poverty.

Himadri Dobhal, Dehradun

J&K detention

Farooq Abdullah’s sister and daughter were detained after they tried to hold a demonstration (‘Protesting Farooq sister, daughter detained’; October 16). No matter how the political leaders were doing before the scrapping of Article 370, they had a formal duty to represent their state. That voice is now being suppressed. People in Kashmir are aware that the Centre is following its own whims, making them apprehensive.

Parth Madaan, Chandigarh

Deposit insurance

The middle class toils night and day to save money for future needs and deposits it in banks considering them to be 100% safe. But rich scamsters loot the banks, leaving the depositors in the lurch. So there is a dire need to safeguard bank depositors and increase the deposit insurance to at least Rs 50 lakh from the current Rs 1 lakh. The banks may pass on the cost of insurance to depositors indirectly. Otherwise, people will stop depositing their life savings in banks and the system will collapse.

AK Gupta, Ludhiana

Road quality imperative

Reference to the news item ‘5 engineers to face action for poor NH work’ (October 16); that the quality control cell in Himachal has acted against the engineers responsible for the poor quality of roads needs to be appreciated. Lack of maintenance is the main reason for road accidents. Thousands of valuable lives are lost due to the negligence of the engineers responsible for the execution of the work, all for their own petty gains.

DK Wig, Jalandhar

Allow Aadhaar card

The dreams of millions of people have been aroused through the gesture of visa-free visit to Kartarpur Sahib. This magnanimity has the potential to create huge goodwill among the public on both sides of the border. But the fact that a passport would have to be produced can disappoint many. If the Aadhaar card, which everyone is already in possession of, had been considered instead, it would have made the visit possible for the aam janata. 

Adarsh Paul Singh, Ludhiana

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