June 4, 2015 12:04:09 am
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This refers to the editorial ‘Cut to the chase’ (IE, June 3). The RBI’s decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.25 per cent must be based on some hard facts and not “influenced” by market sentiments. More so, when a deficient rainfall (88 per cent of normal) has been forecast by the IMD, the resultant inflation is bound to cross the RBI’s target. It would have been imprudent to expect a deeper cut in view of the uncertain economic scenario. One should have faith in the RBI’s ability to reasonably assess the economy. It has time and again proved its critics wrong and this time too, the results may not be different. However, it’s also imperative for the government to be ready for effective fire-fighting on food prices, with support from the states. It should keep constant tabs on speculative trading, hoardings and black marketing of basic food items.
S. Kumar, New Delhi
P. Chidambaram raised one set of concerns of the average citizen (‘Letter to the Prime Minister’, IE, May 31) and M.J. Akbar has highlighted another set, including the achievements of the NDA government (‘The citizen’s real questions’, IE, June 2). What concerns the vast majority of people is neither 2G nor the coal block loot but the daily dose of corruption, be it electricity boards, municipal offices, courts, hospitals or educational institutes. Even PSU banks are no exception.
R.C. Goyal, Ambala
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This refers to ‘Flight of the Rohingya’ (IE, June 3). Recent events have thrown up many ethical questions for the international community and Myanmar’s neighbours. These floating coffins have received attention quite late. The problem originates in Myanmar and Bangladesh. But if these countries are not willing to take charge, are we supposed to witness mass starvation deaths in Asian waters? Aung San Suu Kyi and like-minded individuals and institutions should break their silence. Otherwise, they will invite the evils of terrorism, human trafficking and what not.
Mohit Kumar, New Delhi
It’s not always true that former greats make great teachers (‘The right pitch’, IE, June 3). But their views will be given full attention by the players, especially those who could not rub shoulders with them on the field. The likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman should take the captain into confidence. Then the rest will fall into place. The key is to play to their full strength off the field.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
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