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Letters to the editor: Coal, undermined

The Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973, may have been in keeping with socialist-era politics, but today, it makes no sense for India to import coal when it has such huge reserves.

October 23, 2014 12:26:09 am

This refers to the editorial, ‘Half a reform’ (IE, October 22). I agree that denationalisation of the resource is the only way to make India self-sufficient in coal. It would help manufacturing and the “Make in India” agenda, electricity generation and even in solving the water crisis. The Narendra Modi government’s recent ordinance falls short of expectations. It was perhaps an attempt to show up the UPA government. But Modi should remember that captive mining started in 1993 and the NDA government was no more transparent than the UPA on that front. The Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973, may have been in keeping with socialist-era politics, but today, it makes no sense for India to import coal when it has such huge reserves. It only affects the BoP adversely. Modi and his ministers should have realised that nationalisation was not successful. Private mining would inject professional miners, technology and expertise into the sector.
—  Parthasarathy Sen
New Delhi

Change of heart
Actor Rajinikanth has said that he was glad to see former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa back in Poes Garden. A few years ago, during election time, the superstar is believed to have said that if the people of Tamil Nadu voted Jayalalithaa back to power, even god would not be able to save the state from doom. His sudden change of heart is therefore surprising.
—  P.G. Menon

A CM for Haryana
Manohar Lal Khattar’s rise from a small shop owner in Delhi’s Sadar Bazar to Haryana chief minister resembles PM Narandra Modi’s story (‘RSS veteran Khattar Haryana CM’, IE, October 22). Like Modi, he also has a clean image when it comes to corruption. But in contrast to Modi, he has been a low-profile leader in Haryana. Significantly, he will be Haryana’s first Punjabi CM. It was a surprise choice. What matters now, more than his being an RSS pracharak, is his ability as a strategist and administrator.
—  M.C. Joshi

Same difference
This refers to Subhashini Ali’s ‘Marriage, politics, propaganda’ (IE, October 20). Our forefathers created the barriers of caste and religion for their vested interests. In the process, they provided us with ideological weapons for future struggles. That is at the root of social evils today. There is little evidence to support the belief that there are fundamental differences between religions. The family members of young persons in inter-caste or inter-religious relationships must judge people on the basis of their conduct, morality and level of education, not their race, class or caste.
— Aditya Veer Singh Rana

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