Letters to Editor

Letter to the Editor: Gust of fresh air

The intrepid and nonchalant coming of age of a 13-year old, taking her class of boys and girls and school along an exhilarating journey of self-discovery, as narrated almost lyrically by a 44-year old came as a most welcome gust of fresh air.

Letter to the Editor: Atal insulted

Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be shattered seeing that a mob has assaulted a professor who criticised him.

Letter to the Editor: Federal equity

Freight equalisation, near zero royalties on minerals for decades, poor credit deposit ratio in backward states, revenue deficit grants to cover populist measures are among the measures through which funds are transferred from poor to better off states.

Letter to the Editor: Graded premiums

The NHPS should be modeled around the Employee’s State Insurance Scheme of India, where a progressive premium could take care of indoor, outdoor and diagnostic services.

Letter to the Editor: Regressive tax

The move to tax long-term capital gains will disrupt the transition in the saving habits of Indians. Demonetisation and the progressive lowering of interest rates of traditional instruments such as fixed deposits have led many to invest in shares and bonds.

Letter to the Editor: Dissent matters

The venom and abuse on the social media heaped on a dead person reflects our insensitive and intolerant mindset.

Letter to the Editor: Check the mob

Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common.

Letter to the Editor: Manage floods

The monsoon will always be sporadic. Leave alone big cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai, Assam, which faces flood almost on a yearly basis, has not found a mechanism to manage the floods and reduce the loss, both of human lives and public property.

Letter to the Editor: Other concerns

Law and order agencies are always expected to maintain order with minimum force so that the loss of lives is minimised. However, they should be allowed to act as per a set standard operating procedures. They should be able to carry out their duties and under no circumstances should the situation be politicised.

Letter to the Editor: Clear the air

By falling back into the BJP’s arms Nitish Kumar has made one thing clear: He can no longer harbour ambitions to be PM. For the BJP, a powerful opponent has been nuetralised. But the Bihar CM’s reliability as an ally is now dubious.

Letter to the Editor: Forcing patriotism

Orders asking people in government offices to sing the national song once a month, school and colleges twice a week and directing movie theaters to play the national anthem before every show do evoke this analogy. The nation should not beg, plead or demand patriotism; it has to come from within.

Letter to the Editor: Rule of law

It’s true that an important purpose of the Lok Sabha is to ensure the government’s accountability. But the rule of law should be supreme. Many precious hours have been wasted as a result of disruptions. The speaker, who is responsible for maintaining order, discharged her responsibilities well.