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Shekhar Gupta’s innovative Walk-the-Talk in a Dalit village was revealing. I wish he had done a similar programme with pockets of deprived Muslims....

May 14, 2009 12:05:01 am

•Shekhar Gupta’s innovative Walk-the-Talk in a Dalit village was revealing. I wish he had done a similar programme with pockets of deprived Muslims — say,Nellie in Assam — to establish their desire to lead a life free from fear and want. This should make us ensure everybody’s security and dignity. Police reforms must be vigorously pursued to make the police functionally independent and accountable to law as directed by the Supreme Court in September 2006,a Model Police Act for which was prepared by the committee headed by Soli J. Sorabjee. It is instructive to note that the former UP government under Mulayam Singh Yadav submitted an affidavit expressing its inability to implement the suggested reforms.

— Iqbal A. Ansari Aligarh

Bring it all back

•I don’t think “fixating on black money recovery is pointless” (‘Not black-and-white’,IE,May 13). With the recovery of this black money,income tax liability on the owners thereof would bring wealth to the state treasury. Even if the net impact of spending this money causes a marginal rise in inflation,it would still be worth it. In developing economies,even usual investments result in growth accompanied by a slight dose of inflation. This issue can be addressed through policy. However,real domestic reforms aimed at “removing controls” cannot be ignored by the next government.

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— S.K. Gupta Chandigarh

•I disagree with Subhomoy Bhattacharjee’s contention that getting back the “black” money will be counterproductive (‘Not black-and-white’,IE May 13). In fact,there are four distinct advantages: first,the government will gain from taxes and fines,which may extend to confiscation; second,this money can reduce our World Bank and like borrowings as well as our dependence on FDIs; third,it will discourage the flight of wealth in future; and fourth,it will prevent rigging of the stock market which can be done by foreign banks who invest without disclosing investors’ identities.

— M.M.P. Kala Dehra Dun


•Mayawati’s photograph on your front page (‘Maya,Maya…’,IE,May 13) aptly summed up all that Mayawati actually stands for — self glorification,ideology be damned. While there’s no denying that much needs to be done still for Dalit empowerment the big question remains whether this purpose is being served through Mayawati’s wasteful expenditure. I am surprised at the collective silence of our intelligentsia.

— Rahul Gaur Gurgaon

Equal play

•It is true that pride itself cannot serve a sport like hockey for long (‘Living on pride’,IE,May 12). Treating sportsmen as professionals and providing for their needs should be the top priority of respective governing bodies. Unfortunately,in India,which once wielded hockey’s magic stick,sportsmen who do not play cricket tend to go unnoticed. Every sport is an end in itself and needs equal encouragement and resources. In hockey,only then can we take pride in the present and not a distant past.

— Julita Ekka Ghaziabad

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