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Strike out

Is India the richest country in the world if employees earning a gross salary of more than Rs 16 lakh can go on strike demanding increases?

January 14, 2009 1:52:07 am

This refers to Shekhar Gupta’s ‘Ek dhakka aur’ (IE,January 10). Is India the richest country in the world if employees earning a gross salary of more than Rs 16 lakh can go on strike demanding increases? It could be the case that ours is a weak system,lacking administration. It was arrogant blackmailing by elite officers — and that too when the country is passing through a serious national crisis. The question remains whether we shall be able to quickly punish those who caused disruption.

— Ved Guliani Hisar

Tennis star

Somdev Devvarman is just twenty-three and has stunned the whole world with his feats against accomplished players such as Carlos Moya and Ivo Karlovic. Even though he lost the final in Chennai,he played a challenging hand. He definitely showed his potential as a rising tennis star and due credit should be given to him.

— Gehna Vaishnavi


Golden score

Heartiest congratulations to A.R. Rehman on creating history by winning the Golden Globe for his music for Slumdog Millionaire. Indians are not just pleased with this victory but rather with the success of the movie itself as seen at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. Further,credit should be given to Vikas Swarup for his novel Q&A,which the movie is based on.

— Suman Kukal



This refers to your editorial ‘Lesson for Guruji’ (IE,January 9). A state could be described as truly democratic when the people decide,by giving a clear mandate,as to who represents them in local or national governing bodies. When the so-called “leaders of the masses” start imposing themselves on the populace demanding that they be elected,there is every danger of the populist government not fulfilling the aspirations of the people that voted them to power. This is exactly what happened in the case of Shibu Soren,where he gained back-door entry as the chief minister of Jharkhand.

— Pachu Menon


Feet of clay

The Satyam saga is a reminder of one of the bitter “satyam” of life. The fact of the matter remains that any organisation could be as progressive or regressive,or as transparent or opaque,as socially responsible or irresponsible,as ethical or unethical,as benevolent or self-serving,as those responsible would like it to be. Unfortunately for Ramalinga Raju,he as a man was raised to the status of a demi-god when in fact he is only too human. The mistake however was in running the organisation as a one-man show and ignoring warnings of collapse. Ultimately,this was nothing short of a criminal breach of trust by those who were supposed to be trustees of the wealth as also the aspirations of the various stakeholders.

— Navneet Dhawan

New Delhi

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