Hoarding or poor supplies, the consumer pays the price
The report Govt can't check prices due to coalition compulsions: Rahul (January 12) exposes the truth behind the prime minister's false promises on curbing inflation. It's ironic that the price rise was not as acute when the agriculture growth stood at 1% as it is now when the growth hovers around 4%. The problem is due to poor supply-chain management at the retail level, a sudden deluge of hoarders and lack of pro-agrarian policies, the price of which is being paid by hapless consumers. To this extent, the UPA government is a dismal failure.
DR Gulati, via email
Rahul Gandhi's statement, on the compulsions of coalition politics, is discouraging for the youth, as it shows that the rules of politics haven't changed at all over the years. The government has all the power and resources to efficiently govern the nation. If it can't use them to its advantage, then it should accept defeat and call for midterm elections. Why should people suffer at the hands of an incapable government?
Sharda Bhargav, via email
A life less ordinary
With reference to Mehmal Sarfraz's article Speak to survive (January 10), the killing of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab, Salman Taseer, deserves condemnation of the highest order. It is a setback for moderate Pakistanis who are struggling against growing fundamentalism. The country has lost a bold leader in Taseer, who stood for the rights of the common man who doesn't approve of violence in the name of religion. He dared to raise voice against the blasphemy law, unmindful of the threats from the fundamentalists. But, sadly, paid the price with his life.
Amarnath Upadhyay, Mumbai