Its time Indian cricket answered some tough questions. What kind of world champions fail to win a single match outside their home pitches? They lost to the English team in all three formats of the game. Now,the Aussies are beating them. A nightmare for every team under the guidance of Gary Kirsten,India fell like nine pins under Duncan Fletchers watch. Cricket lovers are not so forgiving. Losing is part of the game,but not explaining the loss is not cricket.
Apropos No licence to loot (IE,February 3),the Supreme Courts cancellation of the 122 telecom licences should be a wake-up call for the government to review power equations in coalitions and inter-ministerial communications,and for the regulator to redeem its independence. The landmark verdict will affect only eight operators,whose subscriber base is just 5 per cent of Indias 900-million-plus mobilephone users. The operators need not fret. Besides the option of a review petition,serious,long-term players will get another shot at the spectrum pie. A probable consolidation in the telecom industry would stem the purported race to the bottom. The verdict has reposed confidence in the rule of law.
Foot the bill now
The telecom companies may now raise the price of their services.
This will affect consumers who will have to pay more. The question is: why should we pay more because of some corrupt ministers?
Current Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has shown his skill in verbal jugglery in claiming that theres no cause for embarrassment for the UPA government after the SC verdict cancelling 122 licences granted by A. Raja. He argued that the UPA had only followed the policy adopted by the previous NDA regime. There are a thousand and one arguments to challenge his claim.
N.K. Das Gupta
While the SC has correctly declared that the first-come-first-serve policy for allocating 2G spectrum was wrong and has thus ordered the cancellation of 122 licences,its surprising that the licences allocated earlier under the very same policy have notbeen cancelled. If the policy was wrong then,all licences issued under it should have been cancelled. If that had happened then the BJP,now experiencing schadenfreude over the UPAs discomfiture,would also have been licking its wounds. The decision is certainly going to adversely affect foreign investment in the country.
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