Mid-term polls may be desirable but there's no credible alternative
Barkha Dutt in Hobbled by inertia (Third Eye, March 30) rightly points out that a November election may not yet be absolutely inevitable, but it is desirable. Considering the anti-aam aadmi decisions - like decentralisation of diesel prices, introduction of FDI in the retail sector, etc - that the UPA government has taken in the last six months, it has no moral right to continue.
But the reason that the government is still surviving despite its popularity hitting a nadir is that there's no credible alternative to the UPA. Moreover, mid-term polls are not an economically viable option because it will put an extra burden on the State exchequer and eventually unwarranted financial pressure on the aam aadmi.
Gautam Chandra, via email
Not a bitter pill to swallow
With reference to the editorial Giving pharma its prescription (Our Take, April 3), the decision taken by the Supreme Court in relation to the Glivec patent has significant positive global implications. It has effectively protected the leading role of India in supplying affordable medicines to other developing countries.
This decision is a triumph for all developing countries that will be able to continue importing affordable essential generic medicines from India.
Developing countries can benefit further by emulating the Indian approach towards balancing patents and public health by discouraging evergreening. This decision also highlights the importance given to public health by the judiciary.
Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre, Geneva
Stereotyping is not creativity
With reference to Namita Bhandare's article Revoke this 'creative licence' (Another Day, March 30), it is appalling that advertisements, overtly and subtly, reinforce stereotypes about gender roles wherein men are shown as providers (buying cars, taking home loans and insurances) and women are associated with household chores and shown as non-decision makers.
It is high time ad agencies woke up to evolving gender roles in society, at least for the sake of creativity.
Ridhima Shukla, via email
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