With reference to the report Valley on boil, two more die (June 26), the protest against building temporary structures for Amarnath pilgrims is shameful. Thousands of pilgrims go to Amarnath annually and if facilities are built for them, nobody should complain. The Centre should intervene and see to it that the political parties and local secessionists do not exploit the situation in a politically volatile state.
Rajesh Katiyar, via email
Caught in the price rise vise
The editorial Reddy, get set, go for higher rates (June 26) is right in asking the government to tighten its belt to check the phenomenal rise in prices. It is very disturbing that despite all measures and assurances, the government has failed to show results so far. It seems our best brains are groping in the dark.
RL Pathak, Delhi
The government’s decision of lowering prices at the cost of increasing monthly installments on home loans is not going to help the common man. Either way the common man is the sufferer and entrapped by the shackles of inflation. There is no stability of funds’ outflow from the public and hike in prices leads to further monetary crisis for the government.
Neha Bhatia, Faridabad
A marriage of inconvenience
With reference to the editorial Deal from the top of the deck (June 25), it is hard to fathom the basis of the Left’s opposition to the nuclear deal. The Left should do a rethink on the whole issue. Or else the government should muster up courage and go ahead. If the government falls, so will the Left. And, in future, no coalition government would want to touch the Left.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
The tug-of-war between the Congress and the Left is an attempt to divert people’s attention from inflation. In a similar situation last year, Manmohan Singh had declared that UPA unity was more important than the deal. What has changed? Does the Congress think that people will forget the UPA’s non-performance and its handling of inflation when it pretends to be upset about being ditched by the Left?
Rajinder Katoch, Delhi
Listen to the professionals
The Congress must heed the advice of the former chiefs of India’s top nuclear agencies, many of whom are opposed to the deal. These scientists have no stake in the country’s politics and would not want to harm national interest. All the implications of the deal should be debated in public. The UPA need not be the US’s devotee and speed with the deal because the US wants it to.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai