India needs economic reforms and not Mamata’s tantrums
This refers to Indrajit Hazra’s article Sound and fury (September 18). West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bane-rjee’s threat to the government to withdraw its decision to allow foreign dir-ect investment in multi-brand
retail and the hike in diesel prices doesn’t seem politically prudent. First, she won’t like being seen as trying to topple the government, which is not possible as long as the UPA has the support of the SP and BSP. Second, she would not like to displease her minority vote-bank by indirectly siding with the BJP. Last, Banerjee needs to understand that our economy needs reforms and not her tantrums.
-PK Srivastava, via email
No confusion in the Anna camp
This refers to the editorial Mum’s the word for now (The Pundit, September 18). It would be wrong to say that activist Anna Hazare is confused over his apolitical stand. From time to time he has reiterated his reluctance to form a political party. His prime motive is to end corruption, which he can do without joining politics. When he talks about supporting candidates in elections, what he means is that he would choose candidates based on the development plank and thus there would be no ideological confusion.
-Rakesh Kumar, via email
Marriage is not a transaction
This refers to the editorial There are no free lunches (The Pundit, September 13). The Bill proposed by the Woman and Child Development Ministry on making it mandatory to pay salaries to wives seems quite misplaced. First, it is very difficult to quantify household chores that a husband and a wife div-ide between themselves mutually. Second, if salaries are being paid to them, then husbands may ask their wives to handle all chores single-handedly. In such a scenario, the relationship may turn commercial and deteriorate. Lastly, if the Bill is implemented then will the government act as a big brother to ensure that it is enforced? We need to understand that marriage is not a financial transaction.
-Susmita Chatterjee, via email
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