Corruption has one face in Libya, in India it has many
With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Don’t slip on the oil (Third Eye, February 5), one wonders whether the uprisings in the Arab world only because of corruption? Why are all the rulers suddenly being seen as devils? I think there is more to this than meets the eye. And, is India not suffering from corruption and being ruled by a select few? In Libya, it’s easy for them to fight against a single ruler. In India, we can’t even think of fighting against corruption because there are too many faces.
Sapan Garg, Delhi
I agree with Dutt’s views that the whole world is debating a post-Gaddafi Libya even as the rag-tag armies of rebels have made up their mind about booting out a despot. Despite the initial success in Benghazi and other eastern towns, the rebels remain disorganised with no clear command structure but a fierce determination to boot out Gaddafi. Unfortunately, Gaddafi’s hold on Tripoli remains unshaken.
PS Pradeep, Sagar
Taxing times for patients
Namita Bhandare’s article Selling a bill of goods (Another Day, February 5) rightly raises questions about the budgetary announcement of levying 5% surcharge on medical expenses. The finance minister’s claim that this service tax is applicable only to hospitals that provide air-conditioned facilities is a farce. In fact, air-conditioning is a necessity, not a luxury.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email
It is an immature decision and contradicts the spirit of the Constitution, which promises ‘health and education for all’. Trying to extract more money from financially hard-pressed patients is cruel. Such a tax is understandable only if there are enough government hospitals and when going to a private hospital becomes luxury.
Vinod Beri, Delhi