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A window for the rural economy

india Updated: Dec 22, 2008 23:16 IST

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A window for the rural economy
India must liberalise its agricultural sector. After Independence we have followed two types of policies: while the agro-economy was inspired by socialism, there was full freedom for the urban industrial class. This has resulted in the embarrassing imbalance between rural and urban economies. Lately this imbalance is turning out to be the biggest source of continuous strife between the deprived rural community and agencies of urban governance. This must change and opening the agricultural sector is the only option.
SR Wakankar, Bhopal

Fishing in troubled waters
Apropos of the report Antulay
creates a storm over the killing of Karkare, (December 18), AR Antulay is not clear in his conviction. The Congress party has done the right thing by distancing itself from Antulay but this man has put the party in an embarrassing situation. Terrorists have killed many people including brave officers like Karkare but Antulay is playing dirty politics over their dead bodies. Linking Karkare’s death with his investigation into the Malegaon blast case is an effort to sidetrack the main issue of jihadi terrorism.
GK Arora, Delhi

Many power centres in Pak
international pressure on Pakistan is mounting. But Pakistan is not one country. There are many power centers in Pakistan — the Army, the ISI, the various jihadi groups, terrorist organisations, tribal groups and some who have their own claims to power. It is not that the elected government is always against arresting the rogue elements. The fact is that it cannot. Still, India cannot make any concessions for Pakistan’s internal strife. It must do what it in its interest.
Rajinder Katoch, New Delhi

Artificially modified charges
Apropos of the editorial Bit by Byte (December 18) why is it that Hindustan Times makes it a point to ridicule health minister Anbumani Ramadoss all the time? Just to take a dig at him, you seem to end up supporting smoking, pesticides, adulteration and so on. Who are you speaking for, when you bemoan the fact that ‘we’ will not get to taste Bt brinjal and that ‘we’ would still like to take a chance? Hope you are not speaking on my behalf because I don’t want to take any chances. Indians do not want Bt brinjal, given the number of petitions Ramadoss has received. Wherever there has been an informed debate on the subject around the world, consumers have rejected it.
Kavitha Kuruganti, via email

To each hins own
Apropos of Sitaram Yechury’s article We need to plan big, very big (Left hand drive, December 18) there is no doubt that China has shown the world the way towards progress, even amidst a crisis. Yechury is right in comparing the two emerging economies and highlighting the differences at the decision-making level. This is the time when the Indian economy needs to pay attention to its own needs, rather than depend on the global financial structure, which in any case is crumbling.
Nishant Kukreja, via email

II
A stimulus package is not an urgency in India but a necessity for addressing poverty, unemployment and the perennial shortage of physical and social infrastructure. We are trapped in a vicious cycle where scarcity, driven by a corrupt polity, perpetuates impoverishment, thereby reinforcing itself. The current crises may be temporary but, as Yechury says, we need to resolve the fundamental crises endemic to India.
Ashwani Sharma, Ghaziabad