With reference to AG Noorani’s First things first (January 30), Nehru always termed Pakistan an aggressor and never a partner, the status that Noorani is only too willing to give it. Joint management, even in business, have often proved to be failure, especially where there are conflicting ideologies. Noorani is well advised to interpret statements in their correct perspective.
Apropos of Prakash Patra analysis By George, he’s at it again! (January 30), George Fernandes has been at the center-stage of the political arena for decades. He is the only man who dared challenge power-brokers in the MoD to secure amenities for the soldiers deployed on the Siachen glacier. He should not be seen as a mere coordinator of the NDA but as a Bismarck of Indian politics. It is to his credit that he moderated the ideology of the RSS.
Pay for progress
The land acquisition controversy has prompted the PM to put on hold further approvals of SEZs. There is no doubt on the SEZ concept helping India succeed in a big way. The government should come up with a proper land acquisition policy and make financial reforms rather than make cosmetic changes to a globally successful model. It should review the SEZ policy and take measures to prevent the private sector from acquiring arable land. The farmers should be paid the market value of their land. There should be better facilities for foreign investors.
I was quite amused to read the report US help for city’s loos (January 28). It seems after your big loo debate, the MCD asked the US firms to help maintain toilet and urinal complexes in the Capital as part of the civic body’s new initiative to invite global participation in the process. Long live economic reforms.
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