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The writer has presented a sorrowful account of the “blasphemy raj” in Pakistan.

By: Express News Service |
November 29, 2014 12:28:16 am

A lesson for India
THIS refer to ‘Darkness ahead’ by Khaled Ahmed (IE, November 26). The writer has presented a sorrowful account of the “blasphemy raj” in Pakistan. Pakistan has a large population of learned, modern people with a rich cultural heritage. The fate of the state is in the hands of these people. Only they can prevent it from plunging into darkness.  The writer also serves notice to Indians: Be wary of rising religious extremism.
— Makarand Hiralikar

Back off, taxman
THIS refers to the editorial, ‘The right call’ (IE, November 28). The Bombay High Court’s verdict in favour of Vodafone is, in fact, a window of opportunity for the government to signal that it is business friendly and will not  be overzealous or unfair when it comes to taxing companies. Also, it is an opportunity for the government to send a clear message to its income tax department, more loyal to the throne than the king himself. The UPA government-steered retrospective tax amendment has done incalculable damage to us. The world is now, once again, slowly coming around and softening towards India. It is waking up to the charm of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to oversee a change in attitudes and make it easier to do business in India. It’s time for Modi to walk the talk. Under no circumstance should the high court judgment be challenged. The government must show it is not out on a witch hunt. We will reap an even more bountiful harvest by attracting multinational companies to invest in India and make in India.
— Ashok Goswami

All rat, no race
I MUST compliment the Express for carrying Yamini Aiyar and Lant Pritchett’s bold article, ‘Where the frontline is key to the bottomline’ (IE, November 28). Taking into account the background of the writers, I can understand the reason for their angst. Indeed, it requires courage to confront our academic community, obsessed with its own entitlements and salary increases but unprepared to dovetail it with increased efficiency and performance. In an attempt to draw in talent, teacher salaries have been increased manyfold over the last few years. At universities, there is hardly any pressure on the faculty to perform. No parameters to measure performance have been fixed. Teachers still get time-bound, seniority-dependent promotions irrespective of what they do. What then is the incentive to work hard?
— B.N. Anand

RIP, Hughes
THE untimely demise of talented Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is unfortunate and painful. In the days to come, there is bound to be much conjecture about the safety of bouncers and talk about protective gear and safety standards. It is well known that cricket rules are already loaded in favour of batsmen. Given this, I feel it may be foolish to abolish bouncers, the only weapon that pace bowlers have to take wickets. In fact, during the 1970s, Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath were known for their ability to avoid ferocious bouncers from West Indian bowlers, that too without wearing helmets. Of course, there is no doubt that cricketers must be mandated to wear high-quality protective gear.
— N. Viswanathan

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