The high rate of inflation has affected the budget of every salaried family, throwing their lives out of gear (Food inflation in double digits, September 2). While the hike in prices of petroleum products has led to the current situation, the dwindling area of cultivable land growing foodgrains and vegetables is also responsible. An effective solution has to be devised as salaries are not increasing commensurately to tackle such inflation.
Sreemoy Ghose, Jamshedpur
To select and then elect
With reference to Soli Sorabjee’s article It’s a tightrope walk (September 2), political parties in India are guided not by the quality of a candidate but by whether that person can win the election. The Representation of the People Act (RPA) doesn’t restrict wrong persons from contesting elections. Those getting even 20-30% of the votes can be elected representatives. The RPA must be amended to bar wrong persons from contesting elections and provide a ‘none of the above’ option to voters.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
Let’s score a goal here
With reference to the editorial Keep score, not tabs (Our Take, September 2), the various irregularities within the sporting bodies have made it important to bring them under the Right to Information Act in order to ensure their efficient functioning. Introducing accountability will also win the confidence of sports fans who perceive the Board of Control for Cricket in India and other federations as money-making machines. The move should not be treated as an intrusion by the government but as a step to ensure transparency.
Nikita Vipul, via email