All poorly paid work and no play....
With reference to Zofeen Maqsood’s article India @ Work (The Big Story, July 14, ), it is sad to learn that according a survey conducted by Hindustan Times and C- fore, more than half (52%) of working professionals in India do not enjoy their work and do not look forward to new challenges at work. I think this has a lot to do with the dismal job situation in the country. As companies grapple with sluggish economic growth, there are few monetary incentives for employees to innovate or come up with challenging ideas. Besides poor appraisals, companies have cut down their expenses on training employees to improve their skills to better match challenging roles. Also, in the world of cut-throat competition, many employees stay back extra hours simply to impress their superiors. This creates a skewed work culture and adds to their stress.
-Kamala Kumari, via email
Brevity’s not their strong point
This refers to the article Restraint? What’s that? (Chanakya, July 14). The way our politicians are trading barbs and giving knee-jerk reactions to everything from the Bodh Gaya terrorist attack to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s attention-seeking remarks, there’s an urgent need for restraint in political debate. It was appalling that during a crisis like a terrorist attack, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh chose to cast aspersions on Modi, thus jeopardising the internal security of the nation. In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, our politicians, it seems, have thrown caution to the winds and in a bid to score brownie points over each other, are making no effort to watch their words.
-Jitendra Kothari, Mumbai
Chanakya has rightly underlined the contrasting political response of the US and India to the 9/11 attack and 26/11 attack respectively. However, the writer overlooked the events that took place in the aftermath of the massacre. The US passed the Patriot Act whereas our government repealed anti-terror laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). After more than a decade of hunting, the US eliminated Osama bin Laden whereas India has failed to put pressure on Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim.
-M Ratan, Delhi
Right to get re-elected
With reference Manas Chakravarty’s article A cocktail of rights (Loose Canon, July 14), the author’s satirical style of writing is brilliant. The UPA government is hoodwinking the people of the country. It is giving them a false sense of empowerment by legislating on various rights but is hardly delivering what these legislations promise. Eyeing the 2014 polls, the Cabinet has cleared the food bill without addressing the apprehensions that many experts have expressed regarding the loss of income that the scheme could cause for farmers. Moreover, who really is poor and who is not? This question is really important in the context of the urban poor and the rural poor. It seems that the UPA is arrogating to itself the right to get re-elected.
-RK Kapoor, Chandigarh
Modi is barking up the wrong tree
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article In past forward mode, (Sunday Sentiments, July 14), considering the fact that the BJP’s face for the forthcoming elections is Narendra Modi, whose development model is his trump card, making the Ram temple an election issue would be akin to committing political harakiri. At a time when the country is facing financial uncertainty, Modi should be talking about his economic policies rather than Hindutva.
-Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
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