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New Delhi, July 17, 2012
First Published: 21:13 IST(17/7/2012)
Last Updated: 21:15 IST(17/7/2012)

Barack Obama's criticism of the Indian economy is not surprising
With reference to the report India prohibits FDI in too many sectors, says Obama (July 16), US President Barack Obama hasn't said anything new. His views have confirmed what various global credit rating agencies had stated earlier. The Indian economy is in a bad shape due to the UPA government's unwillingness to kickstart the reform process. The Time magazine has rightly called the PM an underachiever, as his UPA has let down the nation.
N Ramamurthy, Chennai

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By criticising India on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI), Obama is interfering with India's policymaking process. He can't force us to take a decision that may prove detrimental to the interest of a majority of Indians in the long run. New Delhi should not succumb to America's pressure.
Subhajit Chandra, via email

The railways can't go it alone
The editorial Smelling a rat here (The Pundit, July 16) rightly highlights the menace of rats scurrying in trains. Though the authorities have decided to deal a death blow on them by arming employees with sticks, torches and toxic chemicals, it may not be enough. The Indian Railways will have to enter into a public-private partnership eventually to make sure that the scheme doesn't meet the same fate as many other public schemes in India.
RK Malhotra, Delhi

The parent problem
Aamir Khan's article Rewire, don't retire (July 16) shows how some people have no respect for their parents. Is it too difficult for them to take care of those who not only gave birth to them but also made many sacrifices to ensure their children's well being?
Ashok Gupta, Delhi


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