People are slipping on the oil slick, the leaders are insulated
With inflation already making life difficult for Indians, the decision to hike petrol prices came as a further shock (Another hike: Petrol dearer by Rs3 a litre, September 16). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, entrusted by the people with a second term, has only succeeded in proliferating scams and corruption in the country. The government gets away by blaming the rising international prices of oil. In any case, those who decide policy issues get everything for free.
Rakesh Verma, Qatar
Comparing apples and oranges
Samar Halarnkar in NaMo versus RaGa (Maha Bharat, September 15) ends up comparing apples with oranges by drawing parallels between the riots of 1984 and 2002. In 1984, Rajiv Gandhi sent out all the wrong signals by remarking that ‘when a giant tree falls, the earth trembles’. Narendra Modi did no such thing and yet keeps getting brickbats from everywhere. The author’s statement that whoever wins, India’s minorities may lose, is condemnable.
Shanti Bhushan, via email
No gentleman’s game this
With reference to the editorial Losers take it all (The Pundit, September 15), the absence of Indian cricketers from the International Cricket Council annual awards function in London shows them in a poor light. Having shown their sportsmanship on the field by recalling Ian Bell in the Nottingham Test, MS Dhoni and Co could have been more generous off the field too.
Nikita Vipul, via email