Rajdeep Sardesai in All hail the party-pooper (December 7) is right that the typical approach of Narendra Modi’s communal polarisation could succeed in Gujarat, but not at the national level. That is where the BJP is short-sighted, being reluctant to broaden its base. This is unfortunate. In the absence of a strong national party, there will be more coalition governments, which is not good for the overall development of the country.
High wire economics
Apropos of the editorial Rupee on a razor’s edge (December 7), it cannot be gainsaid that the rising rupee is a double-edged sword for India’s trade and industry. It is welcome for Indian tourists going abroad and for oil and other imports. But it threatens almost two million jobs in textiles and other export-oriented industries. A pragmatic approach that balances the interests of all stakeholders and a long-term direction is needed.
Broken glass ceiling
With reference to the editorial Raising the bar (December 8), the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing girls to work in bars and restaurants will increase revenue. But vulnerability of women in bars is likely to increase. I am not against liberalisation of women's rights, but there are certain jobs that are not suitable for women.
It is true that women are showing their ability in all fields including those where men had a monopoly. But there are some fields where women are not safe. Though it is good to open doors of opportunity for women, we must first think if these places are safe for them.
Opportunists at large
Apropos of the editorial Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (December 8), what is sad about Nandigram is the opportunism of charismatic leaders who act devilishly. Violence will prevail where there is rigidity in attitude. These incidents only strengthen the feeling of ‘diversity in unity’ which is a threat for the nation.