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A further drain on our resources

india Updated: Jun 16, 2012 23:04 IST

A further drain on our resources
The controversial suggestions Khushwant Singh comes up with in The petrol hike is high - but not high enough (With Malice Towards One and All, June 10) should be music to the ears of the government though it's likely to infuriate the common man. When petrol car owners are reeling under the impact of the price hike, his suggestions imply that he is trying to pamper the diesel-car manufacturing lobby. Whatever opinions he might have, Singh should not use the media to propagate these.
Ashish Rai, via email

II
Singh's suggestions to further increase the price of petrol shows his disconnect with reality and his failure to empathise with the sorry plight of the common man.
RN Singh, via email

Ill-begun, almost done
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's President's Rules (Red Herring, June 10), Pranab Mukherjee has been declared the Congress nominee for the post of the president of India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has now got an opportunity to assert his leadership. He should take firm decisions to reverse the slowdown in the economy. In order to avoid being repeatedly tripped by the Trinamool Congress, the government can rope in the Samajwadi Party and the BJP for issue-based support on key financial reforms. It is also time to groom young leaders in the Congress.
Ketan R Meher, via email

II
Hazra has suggested Rahul Gandhi as the next president of India. In an earlier article, he thought Waheeda Rehman could fit the bill. It is not clear whether he is earnest about these choices. The scope for irony is there, thanks to the fact that previous elections have shown that anyone can grace the seat. The emphasis has shifted from the ability of the candidate to his political allegiance. Tokenism - whether a candidate belongs to a minority community or a tribal one - has become more vital than substance.
YG Chouksey, via email

III
Rahul Gandhi does not deserve to be president, except as a joke. Now that Pranab Mukherjee has been chosen as the presidential candidate, we can look forward to a flurry of political activity in Delhi over the next few days, for what is essentially a non-political, titular post.
Bal Govind, Noida

Caste seems cast in stone
Pankaj Mullick's article Caste and the City (The Big Story, June 10) is timely, and helps us evaluate how the policy of reservation has affected the country. The laws are often inconsistent and undermine each other. While untouchability is banned by the constitution, a person is well within his rights to acquire a government document that declares that he belongs to a certain caste and avail of quotas while seeking college admission or jobs. This only cements differences.
MPS Chadha, Chandigarh

II
I was born and brought up in a Saxena family in Delhi. An associate professor of philosophy at Miranda House, I frequently travel abroad to give lectures on Mahatma Gandhi. I am married to a mathematician but caste and dowry have played a dubious role in my life since my marriage in 1983. I was constantly abused verbally by my mother-in-law. Even though we performed our duties, w e were eventually thrown out by our in-laws. Now 80 and widowed, my mother-in-law lives with us but still reprimands me for not getting any dowry. She keeps telling my husband, a heart patient, that she does not want to stay with me or my children because of my caste. Caste and dowry ruin homes, even in this day and age.
Nisha Bala Tyagi, via email

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