UN, India must protect Pak minorities
This refers to Neyaz Farooquee’s article Seeking shelter (Variety, September 30). From the destruction of their religious places to the abduction of girls, the horrors visited on Pakistani Hindus are just endless. It’s time India and the United Nations took up the matter with Pakistan as the treatment meted out to them is a gross violation of human rights.
-Subhash vaid, via email
The path to happiness is minimalist
This refers to Bhairavi Jhaveri’s article CTRL+ALT+DEL (The Big Story, September 30). It is alarming that our private space and time are eaten up worrying about what gadgets to buy and what brands to wear. Despite knowing that things that really make us happy are free of cost, we still fall into the trap of maximalism.
-Mahesh Kumar, via email
Knee-jerk opposition won’t work
The article Once more with feeling (Chanakya, September 30) rightly states that the BJP has specialised only in reactive politics. Everybody knows what the party opposes but nobody knows what it espouses. First, it needs to adopt a constructive approach and not flay the government just for the sake of opposition. Second, it must admit that there’s a leadership vacuum in the party and deal with it. The BJP must at the earliest get its basics right in terms of identity and leadership.
-Sanjeev Kumar, via email
Since a strong Opposition is as necessary as a strong ruling party to retain the balance of power in a vibrant democracy, the BJP owes it to the people of the country to reinvent itself instead of finding fault with everything that the UPA government does. It must share its vision for India and communicate its strategies to overcome the problems that the country is facing. And it should speedily resolve its leadership issue.
-YG Chouksey, via email
Wait for the big picture on FDI
This refers to Karan Thapar’s article To market, to market (Sunday Senti-ments, September 30). It was in the 1990s that India saw the first wave of market-oriented reforms. It is about time that the country witnesses another round of reforms. The recent slump in growth is an indication that the country’s cash-starved sectors need capital in the form of foreign direct investment (FDI). In a democracy, there will always be people who will resist change. But this should not deter the Manmohan Singh government from taking necessary steps to get the economy back on track. With the Trinamool Congress out of the UPA, the government should make ensure that FDI in the multi-brand retail sector is introduced. Once it is implemented, people will see its benefits.
-Madhav Dutt, via email
I differ on the growth story comparison between India and China after the introduction of FDI in the latter. China has strong economic fundamentals that cushioned the ill-effects of FDI. The Indian economy, which is relatively closed, needs to interact with the foreign fraternity but the government must tread cautiously.
-Bharat, via email
The sting of satire
Manas Chakravarty’s allegorical article Germ of an idea (Loose Canon, September 30) was quite a read. However, it is really weird that the Centre for Environment Education has decided on such an election when it could have come up with something more informative. But Chakravarty’s analysis of this contest in the backdrop of the current political situation was really quite a gem.
-Sarah Jacob, Delhi
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