The editorial Pinching the wealth of the nation (May 26) shows a lack of understanding of key principles that govern a nation’s development. It is a matter of shame that India has one of the largest number of poor in the world, and that we rank 47th in the development index of nations. Industry has received much from the country by way of available resources. There is no harm in promoting private enterprise with reforms and in legislating for an equitable distribution of the resources.
Marie Asha Tobin
The Prime Minister did not intend to imply that the spirit of entrepreneurship be curtailed, but emphasised the fact that private business interests do have to bear their share of social responsibility. The PM only wanted to convey that wasteful expenditure must be curtailed so that our growth is inclusive.
The news about China’s refusal to grant a visa to an IAS officer from Arunachal Pradesh should make us sit up and think. It is sad that we have not learnt anything from history. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru learnt it the hard way in 1962 when Ram Manohar Lohia, pointing to Nehru, proclaimed him a traitor. Later George Fernandes sought to give the Indians a new direction about China.
Rahul’s a non-starter
Apropos of Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Not this Gandhigiri (May 25), Rahul Gandhi simply could not project himself as a political force in UP. His statements on Bangladesh and Babri masjid had little to do with his failure. He really had nothing to offer but his family’s lineage.
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