August 29, 2015 12:11:10 am
Letter of the Week
Not only would it be wrong but also foolish to blame the present government for the slide in the value of the rupee. However it was Narendra Modi who had equated the strength of the rupee to the prestige of the prime minister. His own words have now come to bite him. Manmohan Singh, a gentleman, will not make the kind of jibes and taunts that Modi did. However, other Congress leaders will have no such qualms about attacking the prime minister on issues beyond his control. It is unfortunate that governments like to take credit when the global factors are favourable, but are offended when they receive brickbats for external factors damaging to the economy. India would benefit if Modi would seek the advice of Manmohan Singh in trying to fix the derailed economy.
– Anthony Henriques, Mumbai
Truly Smart Cities
Now that the Smart Cities list is out, the various levels of government should start work in earnest. Long-drawn and ambitious plans usually tend to suffer due to improper implementation and insufficient funds. The Smart Cities project should have been allocated more money because it’s debatable whether the government will be able to sustain such a mega project with current outlays. A truly smart city requires certain basic facilities to satisfy its
residents: good roads, potable water, non-fluctuating electricity, decent dwellings, schools with facilities to learn, and basic security. These seem simple enough but don’t be fooled; most of our cities have been unable to provide these basics.
– Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
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The bigger picture that emerges from Hardik Patel’s protest is clear now and the day is not far when this becomes a pan-India issue. Hardik represents the voice and angst of people who fall in the “general category” throughout the country. He has ignited a spark that could easily develop into a huge phenomenon and ultimately result in the demand for “de-Mandalisation”. The initial plan to review reservations every 10 years has become a joke. Generations of affluent and influential people from reserved categories have colonised and captured the quota system, which has deeply hurt the chances of others. The time has come to undo this compartmentalisation of society, or at least to ensure that reservations benefit only those who actually deserve and need them.
– Akshy Sridhar, Chennai
OROP Is Emotional
This refers to ‘Don’t cut corners on pension reform’ by Renuka Sane and Ajay Shah (August 27). At the outset, let me clarify, the arguments for OROP are indeed emotional. The army does not fight wars for financial returns. No sane person would choose to die for money. If you feel that the Vikram Batras, Manoj Pandeys and Shaitan Singhs sacrificed their lives because they were told that if they died in war and got the Param Vir Chakra, their wives or parents would get Rs x a month, then I think you need to relook at your knowledge of the art and science of war-fighting. And if you are not adequately knowledgeable, you should avoid responding to such delicate issues at a public forum, at least at this critical juncture.
– Vidur Nevrekar, Pune
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