Next flight out
* This refers to the editorial Look whos talking (IE,February 24). It has exposed the naked truth of Air India and Kingfisher. For how long will these carriers put out their begging bowls at the expense of taxpayers? Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is right in refusing a bailout to Kingfisher. He should apply the same yardstick to Air India.
It is rightly suggested the government disinvest Air India,thus recovering the colossal debt of Rs 44,000 crore. As regards Kingfisher,Vijay Mallya could borrow from elsewhere.
Deepak Chikramane Mumbai
* The prime minister finally broke his silence on the Koodankulam nuclear projects unrest and endorsed the view that the nuclear power plant protests were backed by foreign NGOs. Why has the government allowed the agitation to go on for months? Thegovernment should rein in the protesters and start the plant without further loss of time and cater to the energy-starved southern states.
N. Ramamurthy Chennai
Fix the fisc
* The editorial Frightening fisc (IE,February 24) has well advised the finance minister to go in for a medium-term course correction on the fiscal deficit instead of losing sleep over it. Whats more important is that the Congress should not throw a spanner in his fiscal works by insisting on unwanted subsidies for electoral gains. In Indian polity,political expediency matters more than the financial frugality or prudence. The Congress must be ready to bite the dust in near future because of economic chaos if it is not ready to bite the bullet now.
* Apropos Frightening fisc,in the Congress,it seems the executive proposes,the party disposes. To some extent this is true of all parties. Instead of winning votes by following pragmatic polices aimed at peoples welfare,parties resort to expedient stopgaps and shortcuts like subsidies and sops. This proves to be the bane of the economy. After the elections,the Congress must cut down on populist and short-sighted schemes. Otherwise even the UPAs high-profile programmes will sink in the abyss of the fiscal deficit.
Satwant Kaur Mahilpur
* This refers to Theatre of Katju (IE,February 24). You have been less than generous in almost painting Markandey Katju as a man with a loose tongue. Katju is voicing the feelings of hapless citizens who feel jettisoned by this impoverished and outdated redress system. Attacks on journalists need to be investigated. Katjus threatening the Maharashtra government is an act of a helpless gentleman who feels his position and its powers are of no consequence in forcing action on the part of the government.
Ashok Goswami Mumbai