Striking at the heart of the aam aadmi’s lives and livelihood
The article Strike to hit autos, banks, petrol pumps (February 20) came as a bit of a shock. Not only will the nation lose crores of rupees, the brunt will be borne by the common people. India is already reeling under the effects of price rise, scams and corruption. This strike will just hold it more to ransom. Political parties and unions should have the wisdom and maturity to solve their differences logically, so that strikes like these can be avoided.
SP Sharma, via email
President keeps things grounded
This is with reference to the report Prez won’t fly in Italian choppers (February 20). It is indeed a good decision on the part of President Pranab Mukherjee to avoid flying the VVIP choppers, but such a step may not help provide a solution to the controversy surrounding the AgustaWestland chopper deal. The president, who was finance minister when the deal was finalised, should perhaps intervene and push for a speedier inquiry. This would save the nation further embarrassment. Also, since one Sukhoi-30 has already crashed during a rehearsal, maybe it’s time for the president to avoid air shows altogether.
Manish Chandra, via email
Challenging patriarchal mindsets
With reference to the editorial Never far from the surface (Our Take, February 20), politicians seem to have adopted a very diffident attitude towards the Suryanelli rape case. Labelling the victim a prostitute is tantamount to rubbing salt in her wounds. In fact, after the shameful Delhi gangrape, the response of the government should be full of empathy, but given the way the UPA is trying to shield Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien, it has left no one in any doubt about its intentions. The government must first force him to resign his post.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai