Updated: March 11, 2015 12:00:18 am
* This refers to ‘Government gains, country loses’ by Kapil Sibal (IE, March 10). Sibal has been unnecessarily critical of the government. He forgets that our government is for, by and of the people. The auction will help in generating revenues for the government. These will be passed on to the people as public goods, subsidies etc. A healthy government balance sheet implies that the people benefit and gain more. Sibal says the government is anti-poor and works for the capitalists. However, the opposite is true. Compared to the UPA years, when mines were doled out for free to crony capitalists, the NDA auction has forced corporates to pay heavily. There may be faults with the present method too but it’s definitely more viable and less corrupt than the UPA route. Sibal’s arguments are based on the fact that companies may not be able to finance their acquisitions. I suspect, however, that the companies know what’s best for them, not Sibal.
— Sajal Manchanda
Fact and fiction
* Apropos ‘Whose land ?’ by Sanjoy Chakravorty (IE, March 10), the writer has rightly presented the two sides of the land acquisition amendment bill. But the opposition, which is creating a hype over the bill, is attempting to milk the situation for political benefit. The general public is being misinformed by it. There is an urgent need for the government to clarify the situation and counter the opposition’s allegations and insinuations.
— Prithvi Joshi
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* The Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to release separatist leader Masarat Alam has caused justifiable outrage among political parties across the spectrum. Rather than taking meaningful and effective measures to address the socio-economic deprivation of the people of the state, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed seems preoccupied with kicking off needless controversies to antagonise its coalition partner, the BJP. It is time for the BJP to send out a stern message to the PDP: decisions that jeopardise national security will not be tolerated.
— M. Jeyaram
Wins and losses
* Surprises and upsets are commonplace in the World Cup. This time, we witnessed England being edged out in a do-or-die match against Bangladesh. Team India’s ouster in the 2007 World Cup also came as a surprise. At that time, we lost in spite of our strong batting line up — Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag. Even coach Greg Chappell was sacked after the disaster. But why is the Indian press so excited about England’s exit? Team India will now have to face Sri Lanka or Bangladesh — a daunting proposition.
— Subbu Jayant
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