Those at the top must listen to the elder members of the BJP, who have warned against the party coming under the control of one or two leaders. The BJP has always prided itself on being a “party with a difference” and has often taken potshots at the Congress for having become the family concern of the Gandhis. It is necessary for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah to admit their mistakes and reach out to the cadres.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
Focus On Economy
The NDA government’s decision to ease the restrictions on FDI in certain industries is arguably a reaction to the Bihar election results. But there is no symbolic significance in the announcement — enabling more FDI has always been on the agenda for PM Narendra Modi. The flow of foreign investment into India has grown significantly in recent years but it has hardly been spectacular. It is unclear why the government had to wait for a political setback to bring further reforms. From the point of view of a foreign investor, the diminishing clout of the ruling party can only be seen as an investment risk. Moreover, vocal discontent and division within the party is likely to discourage most investors from taking a gamble on India. If the government is truly committed to market liberalisation, it should consider making more fundamental changes, starting with a single national market. But the only “reforms” the government is bringing are of the socio-cultural variety. Hindutva will not create new jobs, but fixing the economy might.
Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
The IISc Way
An Indian university has finally made it to the Times Higher Education Top 100 rankings. Asian universities have shown remarkable improvement, with 25 of them representing the continent in the top 100, a significant increase from last year. The progress made by universities in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan should act as a catalyst for universities in India to improve their standard of education. The IISc Bangalore should serve as an example to all other institutions in the country.
Sachin K. Jadhav, New Delhi