APROPOS Talking to G-20 (IE,June 20),the prime minister might have taken this step keeping in mind the impact that the break-up of the eurozone could have on India. Nevertheless,the government must set things in order on the domestic front before lending financial support to foreign countries. Lack of reforms and difficulty in doing business in the country have forced several agencies to lower Indias credit rating,sending foreign investors in search of safer markets. Agam Dhingra,New Delhi
Served an ace
FINALLY,AITA has broken the tennis deadlock (AITAs give&-take policy,IE,June 22). They have chosen the best doubles pair Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. Meanwhile,Leander Paes will join forces with Sania Mirza for mixed doubles. It is a win-win situation for both Paes and Bhupathi.
CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT is to be lauded for his incisive analysis of the fluctuating fortunes of the BJP (The resistible rise of Modi,IE,June 21). The cracks in the party probably started when the NDA was in power. In latter years,the general decline in discipline and accountability has contributed to the plight of the party with a difference. But the BJP is not the only party in decline. Governance and administration in most parts of the country are in a dire state. These disastrous trends have not been adequately recognised and addressed either by the ruling UPA,led by the Congress,or the BJP.
CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOTS article seems to make some sweeping assumptions. For one,he claims Modi is seemingly the most popular among the Indian urban middle class,which is not that concerned with democracy but wants growth. He also has no qualms in calling a prospective Modi-led government an authoritarian and inegalitarian administration. As for Jaffrelots tribute to the steady rise of state parties in India,the current spate of scams,largely involving regional party members like A. Raja,would indicate that such parties are fast becoming the bane of Indian democracy.
Back to work
THIS refers to Pratap Bhanu Mehtas article By her yardstick (IE,June 22). As a working woman,I strongly believe that the nation needs to address the loss faced by educated women who are forced to stop working in order to raise a family. Perhaps tax sops and other policies could be put in place to encourage such women to take up jobs again. Companies can also be motivated to provide women with childcare facilities. Mehta has highlighted an important issue that needs to be tackled.