Held to ransom
Regarding your editorial,Blackmail (IE,May 10),should national prestige add to the states financial responsibilities? Air India has not only blackmailed successive governments but has also made a mockery of public sentiment. Its pilots have never factored in inconvenience caused to passengers by their actions. Any rescue measure for AI other than its overhaul and,if need be,privatisation is untenable. Continuing to pander to AI would only put the nation at the mercy of a few hundred inconsiderate white-collar pilots who have only vested interests in mind. They lack all sense of duty.
THIS refers to Corrigendum (IE,May 8). The rollbacks announced by the finance minister are the result of capitulation to powerful lobbies. The FIIs are free to bring in and take out money,hence they do not add to real growth. The nation needs dollar inflow with a lock-in arrangement which will add to growth.
Cloud of distrust
APROPOS Badal Opposes NCTC,wants restructuring of Constitution (IE,May 5),the root cause for terrorism is religious bigotry. This has created anti-secular and anti-national sentiments among some people. If Badal wishes to fight terror,what are his views on Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale being termed a martyr of the Sikh qaum? At the NCTC meeting,Badal talked about national consensus and coordination between the Centre and the states. It sounds like a sham.
THE Badals like to project themselves as messiahs of the poor. But the appalling condition of the states exchequer does not bother them. They waste time on suggestions to restructure the Constitution,when they should really be concerned about solving the problems that besiege Punjab,such as a poor state education system,power shortage and drug trafficking.
APROPOS When didi met didi (IE,May 9),we should not read too much into the meeting between Mamata Banerjee and Hillary Clinton. The latter met leaders from various parties to gauge the political climate in India. The contradictory statements on whether FDI had been discussed between the two leaders reflect a lack of consensus.
WITH reference to Hillary,Mamata discussed FDI in retail,says US (IE,May 8),the meeting between Clinton and Banerjee raises a question of propriety. Just because Kolkata is nearer to Dhaka than New Delhi it does not mean the US secretary of state should rush to woo the West Bengal CM even before calling on Indias PM and on her counterpart.