Freebie culture

Freebie culture

It’s unfortunately unlikely that the government will take any action to privatise Air India.

* This refers to the editorial ‘In a tailspin’ (IE,October 7). It’s unfortunately unlikely that the government will take any action to privatise Air India. The reason why the establishment is so obsessed with maintaining a state carrier is all the privileges and perks that Air India confers upon it. Several categories of the airline’s employees and civil servants enjoy subsidised travel for themselves and their family long after they have left office. For instance,former civil aviation secretaries,civil aviation ministers and Air India CMDs enjoy free,unlimited first-class upgrades for life. In such a situation,is it really likely that the airline will be privatised? Also,is it any mystery that the airline requires frequent bailouts? Instead of putting an end to this culture,the government gives Air India more financial assistance so it can continue in its profligate ways.

— R.K. Kapoor


Hard times

* Apropos‘Telangana: Shoot-at-sight orders,power crisis as stir intensifies’ (IE,October 7),the Congress party took coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema for granted. In a bid to win the support of the people of Telangana and to bring the Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief,K.C. Rao,into the UPA fold in time for the 2014 general elections,the Congress-led UPA government cleared the creation of a separate state of Telangana. However,the Congress’s attempts to have the best of both worlds has backfired. If it sticks to its decision,it will lose badly in Seemandhra and if backtracks,it will lose in Telangana. With indefinite hunger strikes by the YSR Congress president,Jaganmohan Reddy,and the TDP chief,N. Chandrababu Naidu,and the resignations of Andhra Congress leaders,the party is in a very difficult situation.

— M.C. Joshi


Political insight

* This refers to ‘AAP and them’ by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (IE,October 8). The writer brought out two interesting facts through his analysis. One,politics is seen to be the art of compromise. And so it is believed that once people enter politics,it is likely that they will be changed by it. The AAP experiment will be interesting to watch,whether it confirms or disproves this axiomatic assumption. Two,the relationship between age and liberal political values has been conclusively defeated by the UP government’s handling of the Muzaffarnagar episode. The entry of the youth in politics in no way guarantees more progressive governance structures or a shift in values.

— S.M. Suryawanshi


Giant exit

Indian cricket will be poorer for the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid from the T20 format. The BCCI should utilise their vast experience for the betterment of Indian cricket in the days to come.

— S.N. Kabra