The public sector’s Coal India Limited produces about 80 per cent of India’s coal. But in the recent past, CIL has been unable to meet the domestic demand for coal. Still, the coal unions have blocked three successive governments from allowing commercial mining. While the unions have opposed private mining in India, they don’t seem to have a problem with private miners abroad supplying about one-fourth of India’s coal. If that coal could be mined in India, more jobs would be created at home and the technology to carry out underground mining that is environmentally less destructive could be introduced on a large scale.— C. Koshy John, Pune
This refers to ‘Coal facts’ (IE, January 9). This newspaper seems to be a strong supporter of privatisation. Now, it appears to favour the denationalisation of CIL, hoping to generate competition in the energy sector. But with so many people in the country living below the poverty line and such complex social heterogeneity, the participation of the public sector is important. What we need to do now is provide real autonomy to public sector entities, freeing them of political intervention.— Ajeet Kumar, Kanpur
The deadly attack on cartoonists in Paris is no laughing matter. How do we pay tribute to the brave cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, who lost their lives in the terror unleashed by religious extremists? The best way would be to select some of their cartoons, which laugh at different religions, not just Islam, and republish them in the media across the world. If ideas are dangerous enough to weaken someone’s faith in religion then it is worth fighting terror with ideas too. This would boost the morale of the Charlie Hebdo publishers, who would like to resume the publication of their magazine. — Ashok Rajwade, Mumbai
Captain Cool 2.0?
Virat Kohli has come of age after going through a rough patch and could marshal Team India effectively in the ongoing Test series. The time has come for the Indian team to resurrect itself and come out with flying colors on overseas tours. Through Kohli’s effort we made it to a close finish at Adelaide and lost only by 48 runs. It was Dhoni’s efforts that saved India at Melbourne. We are now pitted against a tough opposition raring to go all the time. The Indian captain has risen to the challenge posed by the Australians before and the century at Sydney is one more exhibition of classic stroke play. — C.K. Subramaniam, Mumbai