Retail therapy just will not sell
With reference to the article How to sell an idea (Chanakya, December 4), foreign direct investment (FDI) may change the shape of the sector but it won't help consumers in any way, as the existing Indian retail giants haven't added value to our shopping experience. My neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores are better. The storekeepers are friendly and they don't force me to buy any particular product. We must remember that foreign companies will make the Indian consumer bear the cost of improving the supply-chain infrastructure.
Man Mohan Bhatia, Delhi
Chanakya is right in pointing out that India needs to allow the retail giants. I find the furore over this reform process shocking. Political parties should desist from partisanship and look at the bigger picture.
Jugnu Bagga, via email
Walking out on debate
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Not a fine balance (Sunday Sentiments, December 4), adjournment and walkouts in Parliament have become the rule rather than the exception these days. One of the key reasons for this is that more than 30% of our representatives have criminal records and have no understanding of the parliamentary process. Moreover, there are many MPs who don't even bother to learn the rules, let alone go to the House prepared on any subject. The Nehruvian era was different: there were lively and courteous debates and the MPs always tried to maintain decorum in the House.
BM Singh, via email
The common people are regularly targeting politicians these days because they are fed up with their inaction on issues like corruption and price rise. There is also a perception that legislators enjoy immunity because of the corrupt system. But this lack of confidence in our MPs does not augur well for the country.
Sourabh Inani, via email
Summit lacked common touch
The two-day HT Leadership Summit (Leading the change, December 4) was a great platform for exchange of ideas. But sadly, in that august gathering, there was no one who could effectively present the views of the common man on the issues that were discussed. However, Indian politicians did not come up with anything worthwhile; the two most significant statements came from 'outsiders': Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and actor Vidya Balan.
Devraj, via email
Mahathir Mohamad's comment on Indian democracy at the HT summit was simply shocking. The Malaysian PM's comment was an insult to our freedom fighters and their vision for India. A leader who ruled a country for 22 years will never understand the value of democracy. Yes, probably we could have had a stronger economy and better infrastructure if certain issues were dealt with strongly, but that's not how we want to progress. For a country as diverse as India, our strength lies in democracy and, therefore, we should never leave that path.
Sunny Sandhu, via email
It's not top billing for them
Indrajit Hazra in Those MP vessels (Red Herring, December 4) aptly unveils the true nature of our parliamentarians. On the one hand, they talk of courteous behaviour inside the House, but they always seem to forget the proper rules of negotiation when they enter Parli-ament. Our elected representatives must learn how to properly transact parliamentary business and then demand more privileges. By disrupting Parliament on a regular basis, they are doing a great disservice to the people of the country. There are many Bills pending but thanks to these adjournments, not many will be passed this session. This will only stall India's progress.
Sudipta Das, via email
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