* One fails to understand the petroleum minister,M. Veerappa Moilys logic that by shutting petrol pumps from 8pm to 8am the demand for petrol can be curbed,which we desperately need to do in order to trim the oil import bill. Indeed,by even entertaining such ideas,the Manmohan Singh government seems to be groping in the dark.
* Apropos Loosen up (IE,September 2),the assertion that a tight monetary policy is the last thing the Indian economy needs today merits consideration. However,in order to have an accommodating monetary policy stance the government needs to cooperate with the RBI by maintaining a tight fiscal stance. If the RBI eases interest rates without a shift in the fiscal stance,inflation will get aggravated. In this context,the food security bill is incredibly irresponsible.
* This refers to I thought guru was my god,Ill get deliverance,says father of victim (IE,September 2). The allegations against Asaram Bapu are not trivial. Not only is he accused of sexual misconduct,but he is accused of committing this egregious crime against a minor. I find the insinuations that are flying around,about the girl who filed the complaint and her family,to be tasteless and baseless. The girl and her family need to be applauded for having the courage to file their complaint. While there is no denying the fact that the accusations have to pass muster in court,this case is yet another blow to the already deteriorating collective reputation of godmen and spiritual gurus. The police and administration must refrain from showing Asaram any special favours. The political class must also stop making a spectacle of themselves and treat this case for what it is one of sexual assault against a minor.
*This refers to Poet of the prosaic (IE,August 31). It was rightly observed that poetry found its most compelling defence in Seamus Heaney. Heaneys relationship with poetry started when he was a student of English literature in Belfast and happened to read Lupercal,which spurred him to write poetry. Then on,contemporary poetry became the material of his life. It is a testament to the great mans humility that upon winning the Nobel Prize for literature,when he was asked how it felt having his name added to a pantheon including W.B. Yeats,George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett,he replied: Its like being a foothill at the bottom of a mountain range.