Pakistan will have an upper hand if the Kashmir report is adopted
This refers to the report J&K interlocutors for review of central laws (May 25). The interlocutors’ report goes against our national interest. Implementing the recommendations made by the three interlocutors will make it easier for Pakistan to stake its claim on the Valley. Islamabad is waiting for a cha-nce to fuel another round of separatist trouble in Kashmir. This report is its opportunity to stir up fresh discontent. Moreover, politicians wrongly believe that the Valley represents the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmir issue has overshadowed the interests and problems of other areas.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi
A high price to pay
This refers to the report Minister hints at petrol price cut; diesel, LPG safe for now (May 26). Most of the government’s subsidies do not reach the poor. Instead, they end up benefiting the well-heeled. Take the case of subsidies on fuel prices. Providing rationed supply of petrol, LPG or diesel to those who can afford it leaves little for a sizeable chunk of the population that can’t afford market rates. Therefore, the deregulation of fuel prices is a step in the right direction.
RP Rammohan, Hyderabad
It’s ridiculous to blame either the rising crude oil prices in the international market or the devaluation of the rupee for the various revisions in petrol prices over the past one year. It’s not just fuel, the prices of all essential commodities are skyrocketing. Be it milk, vegetables, electricity or water, the common man is paying through his nose to make ends meet.
CKS Ramani, Mumbai
Narendra Modi’s time has come
This refers to the report Meet exposed BJP power tiffs, not UPA flaws (May 27). Gujarat CM Narendra Modi seems to have filled the power vacuum that was created in the BJP after the exit of AB Vajpayee. At the party’s national executive meet, Modi proved that he has the ability to take independent decisions without upsetting the RSS.
AB Mehta, Bhopal