Apropos of the article Don’t bank on this bail-out (August 10) by Prem Shankar Jha, the Finance Minister did not make any speech in Bangalore recently. Also, in no recent speech has the Finance Minister said that 10 per cent growth this year was “unavoidable”. While speaking at the lecture by Prof N Srinivasan, he had said that a 10 per cent growth rate was achievable next year (2008-09) provided we quicken the pace of reforms. He made no prediction in 1996 of a 10 per cent growth rate. Industrial growth in 1996-97 was 6.1 per cent and the average industrial growth for the next five years was 5 per cent. Jha’s conclusions can perhaps be attributed to poor research.
Rohit kansal, Private secretary to Finance Minister, Delhi
The ‘chhole’ scam
The editorial Opportunists knock (August 8), correctly sounded a warning to Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit as well as the rebels that their infighting could cost the Congress dearly in the next elections. Let the law take its own course on the land scam.
RL Pathak, Delhi
Practise what you preach
The editorial Now to preach what you practise (August 8) deserves kudos for exposing the hypocrisy of HRD Minister Arjun Singh in not appointing people from reserved categories to key posts in his personal staff. Charity begins at home, and we request these ministers to practise what they so loudly preach.
RN Lakhotia, Delhi
This is no hot air
Apropos of Darryl D’Monte’s article From gas to hot air (August 7), the Indian government should encourage public transport systems based on electricity produced from non-conventional materials like garbage.
GC Biswas, via e-mail
Get real on terror
With reference to Peter Preston’s article Nabbing Osama for dummies (August 7), Barak Obama is among a very few Americans who understand the root cause of terrorism. The day the US realises this will mark the beginning of the end of terrorism.
Murari Chaturvedi, via e-mail
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