The editorial Taxing problem for US, not India (Our Take, May 7) has correctly pointed out how Barack Obama’s plan to end tax breaks for US companies expanding abroad has aroused fear among Indian IT companies. While Obama is justified in his intentions of creating more employment opportunities for his citizens, he should also think about people in a developing country like India. His move is bound to affect millions in the subcontinent whose only source of livelihood depends on these jobs.
Ashok Ghosh, Kolkata
A great opportunity lost
This has reference to Rahul Bose’s article All fury, no fire (Open Space, May 2). It seems that the concept of diversity in India has blurred the idea of unity. The Mumbai polls have shown how Indians suffer from acute amnesia. After blaming the government post-26/11, they prefer vacationing over voting. The unity displayed at various candlelight protests all over the country proved hollow on April 30. It was the perfect opportunity for Mumbaikars to have brought the change that they debated for five months, which they seem to have lost now.
Sakul Kundra, Delhi
I agree with Rahul Bose’s arguments on the low voter turnout in Mumbai. It is unfortunate that despite innumerable awareness drives and solid reasons to vote, the scenario was dismal. All excuses are irrelevant. It is true that nobody should wait for any reasons to vote, yet Mumbai’s apathy is shocking. What Mumbai and all other states with low voter turnouts forget is that their indifference affects our democracy.
Gautam Kumar, Delhi
The problem that our democracy faces is not that of low voter turnout, it is low levels of political understanding and political conscience among masses. For us, voting day is a holiday and casting your vote is a cumbersome exercise. And when we do vote, our choices are influenced by caste and religion. So, whether we vote or not, our society still lacks democracy in its truest form.
Bakul Sharma, via email
Rahul Bose’s disappointment at the low voter turnout in Mumbai is understandable and justified. It’s interesting to read about a celebrity’s concern for his society. Bose, thankfully, is different from other celebrities who encouraged people to vote before the elections but were nowhere to be found on V-day. By such hypocrisy, they have let down their fans.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
A real blind spot
In her article Always a blind spot (May 5), Bahar Dutt is right in saying that our political parties are interested in coming to power by playing the old tunes of caste and religion. Clearly, they are missing the wood for the trees. Sooner
or later the problem of the environment will affect us all. It is strange how the basic necessities of life are missing from the manifestos of all political parties.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
Two sides of a coin
This is with reference to Paranjoy Guha Thakurta’s article The Q that I knew (May 2). By now everybody knows how Ottavio Quattrocchi has put the Congress party in a spot. The close links between the Italian scamster Quattrocchi and the Gandhi family are also well-known. His success has less to do with his business acumen and diligence than the party’s soft corner for him. The recent withdrawal of the ‘red-corner notice’ on him is also a strategic move by the Congress party before the government dissolves. It is disappointing to see the nexus between businessmen and politicians, which ultimately affects taxpayers.
Shubhomoy Sikdar, Delhi
A new coalition may work
Vir Sanghvi in his report Time for more friends, new friends (Virtual Reality, May 6) has rightly pointed out that the Congress has virtually been alienated by all its allies. Its erstwhile supporters have deserted it in search of new partners and that is bound to put the party in a soup. It is the right time for the BJP and other political parties to cash in on the opportunity. It is true that no single political party will be able to form the government at the Centre. But it is also true that a new coalition might work well for the nation.
N Divakaran, via email