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A world-class nation? It's too early to break out the bubbly

india Updated: Sep 06, 2010 22:04 IST

A world-class nation? It's too early to break out the bubbly
The answers to the questions on India's merit as a world-class nation, as raised by the editorial Strut along Delusional St (Our Take, September 4), lie in the various policies — of the lack of them — formed by our successive governments since Independence. Even today, millions sleep by the roadside and die of hunger.

Public infrastructure is crumbling, corruption levels are higher than ever before and people are suffering the brunt of electing weak governments. If these are the qualifications of a 'world-class' nation, then India leads from the front.
Sreemoy Ghose, via email

Making an erroneous case
With reference to Karan Thapar's column Who's the enemy? (Sunday Sentiments, September 5), I have no comment on the author's understanding of the provisions of the Enemy Property Act, 1968, or the judgements of the courts after 2005. However, I have a comment on the last two paragraphs of the column.

I cannot believe that he did not read my answer to the question on the subject at the media briefing on September 1 that was reported in Hindustan Times on September 2 (Service providers will have to share data: PC). For Thapar's benefit and the benefit of readers, I wish to restate the facts. I have no recollection of any such case or of any of the parties to any relevant dispute.

Even if I had appeared in a case, it must have been a miscellaneous matter. Senior counsel are briefed in hundreds of matters and only a few are memorable cases. Asking a senior counsel if he had appeared in a case eight years ago is like asking a taxi driver whether his taxi had transported a person on one occasion eight years ago.

P Chidambaram,
Union Minister for Home Affairs
Government of India, New Delhi