Letter of the Week Award
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This refers to ‘A state only in name’ (IE, July 13). The writer seems too critical of cash transfers. Cash transfer is better than the other means by which government can provide money to citizens. The direct delivery of goods is fraught with corruption, so new ways like cash transfers are necessary. While no one denies the incapacity of the state, trying to make up for earlier failures and attempts at plugging loopholes should be seen in a new perspective — not along the same continuum as past policy paralysis.
PM Must Speak
This refers to ‘Modi matters’ (IE, July 13). Meghnad Desai sounds like a Modi spokesperson in his attempt to defend Modi’s continued silence over “Lalitgate” and Vyapam. The least he ought to have done as PM was reassure the nation that the law would, fairly and independently, take its course. The writer’s attempt at equating the demand for a statement from the PM with the demand for sacking the accused is misleading. Past PMs have suffered for their lack of oratory skills. Modi will be doing himself a disservice by treading the same path.
Nivedita Dwivedi, Navi Mumbai
Sania Mirza has made the country proud by winning the Wimbledon women’s doubles with Martina Hingis. Right from her junior days, Mirza left nobody in doubt
about her potential. Hopefully, her success will continue to inspire young Indian girls to take up tennis as a profession.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
Much has been written about the students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of FTII. However, when the protesters met Arun Jaitley, he revealed that students of the batch of 2009 have not yet graduated, and that the government is generously
continuing to subsidise their course.
If this is true, what right do they have to question the credibility of the person appointed as FTII chairman? He is not a criminal, nor does he have any
vested commercial interests. The students should focus on doing their own work, and doing it within the specified timeframe.
Makarand Hiralikar, Pune