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The familiar icons of the past are fading away

india Updated: Dec 13, 2009 21:59 IST

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The familiar icons of the past are fading away
This has reference to the editorial Hamara nostalgia (The Pundit, December 11). It is an emotional moment for those who owned this scooter during the ’80s because to own it then was a matter of pride. People used to book the scooter well in advance and ride to their native places. All those memories came rushing back when I heard that one of the quintessential symbols of middle-class India was to fade out soon. Most Indians from the ’80s are emotionally attached to the Bajaj scooter and the Maruti.
Bal Govind, Noida

New states will add to problems
With reference to the editorial A fast track to statehood (Our Take, December 11), it is astonishing to see how the UPA government succumbed to the pressure put on it by K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his henchmen to carve out a separate state of Telangana. The division or creation of a new state hasn’t been of any good whether it was Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh or Uttarakhand. Divergence proved to be of little help to the locals as the problem of Naxalism, poverty and dismal growth rate persist. Splitting of state is certainly not a feasible solution. Telangana by itself is not a problem, but the issues of Naxal threat and backwardness are. The Centre’s move will only pave the way for more chaos across many other states.
Megha Badoutiya, Visakhapatnam

No tax without accountability
The Delhi Municipal Corporation’s idea of taxing citizens on the basis of their incomes is illogical if not illegal (Slew of new taxes and rate hikes coming, December 10). The proposed assessment amounts to a kind of double taxation. People pay income-tax to the government and there cannot be a second tax on the same income. If some other states are doing it,
they are doing wrong thing. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is already getting more than enough money. This measure only goes to show the thriving corruption in the organisation. In this case, there should be no taxation without accountability.
P. Dasgupta, via email

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The proposed hike on the property tax rate by 5 per cent and unit area value by a minimum of 24 per cent is bound to raise the concerns of every household. The budget of Delhiites has already received a jolt by the hike in bus and Metro fares along with a growing rate of inflation. The development of Delhi is welcome but not at the cost of excessively burdening the populace. The government must look into the difficulties that the general public is facing.
Rajesh Kumar, via email

After Telangana, it’s Bombay
Although the people of Bombay, Konkan and Vidarbha would like to free themselves from the clutches of the Maratha rule, it is unlikely that the Marathas who dominate politics in Maharashtra would agree to give statehood to Bombay, Konkan and Vidarbha. Unlike the Marathas who are from the warrior class, the people of Bombay, Konkan and Vidarbha are in no position to challenge the dominance of the Marathas. All the people of Bombay, Konkan and Vidarbha can do is keep protesting democratically for separate states.
Adrian S, Mumbai

Meet to beat climate change
The Copenhagen summit is a landmark meet to usher in the much-needed change in the environment. Let’s hope world leaders take some concrete steps towards mitigating pollution rather than fuelling controversies. By planting more trees, imposing a ban on cutting trees and a strict regulation on carbon emissions will be helpful.
Salil Gewali, Shillong