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Failure to curb inflation will have grave consequences

Pankaj Vohra in Price rise may hit Congress (Between Us, September 14) is right in stating that the Congress isn’t taking the issue of price rise seriously.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2009 23:42 IST

Pankaj Vohra in Price rise may hit Congress (Between Us, September 14) is right in stating that the Congress isn’t taking the issue of price rise seriously. No action against hoarders, who are exploiting the situation, has been taken so far. The party is turning a blind eye to the common man’s problems. This might cost it dearly in the upcoming Assembly elections in four states. The Congress leadership should realise that combating inflation is also a way of showing austerity.

Natarajan Nagarajan, via email

Austerity should come naturally

Isn’t it foolish of people to cheer the ‘sacrifices’ that our politicians are making in the name of the austerity drive? (Krishna, Pawar follow Pranab on budget travel path, September 14). It’s the duty of politicians to lead a simple life. Can the media stop making heroes out of our politicians who are doing what they should have done a long time ago?

SK Malhotra, Delhi

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It’s still unclear whom our politicians are trying to impress by shunning luxury. They might have decided to travel in economy class and stay away from five-star hotels, but what about the money that they spend on renovating their bungalows every year? Some politicians even spend crores to get their statues erected in their states. Isn’t the taxpayers’ money being wasted then?

Ravi Bedi, via email

Reservation is not the solution

I agree with SB Misra’s views as stated in Reserved for failure (September 11) that the process of reservation didn’t yield the desired results. Take the example of private schools. The fee structure is so high that the poor cannot admit their children to such institutions. The creamy layer from the reserved communities takes the reserved seats. This only widens the existing class divide.

Kanika Gakhar, via email