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With reference to the report PM rolls back Mamata threat (November 9), I am shocked to learn that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not privy to the petrol price hike decision.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2011 23:09 IST

Raise fuel prices, but don't oil the wheels of frivolous expenditure
With reference to the report PM rolls back Mamata threat (November 9), I am shocked to learn that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not privy to the petrol price hike decision. How can the government take such an important decision without the PM's knowledge? India is a democracy and has a coalition government at the Centre and, therefore, all decisions should take into account the views of the coalition partners. While it is understandable that the government needs money to bankroll its development programmes, a lot of funds generated through taxes imposed on fuel products go towards footing the salary and perks of the senior officers of the State-run oil companies, MPs and bureaucrats. Why can't we stop this misuse of our money?
Amalesh Chakraborty, via email

Living with such urban blights
With reference to Samar Halarnkar in It's lost in transition (Maha Bharat, November 10), India's self-serving politicians and bureaucrats are responsible for Bangalore's plight. It was the first Indian city to have streetlights, banks, well-planned housing and public spaces. Look at its condition now. While the IT sector has showed what Indians are capable of, our ruling class has proved what we are not capable of: urban management.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore

Let's be powered by reason
There is much substance in what former president APJ Abdul Kalam said on the Kudankulam nuclear plant (Kudankulam nuclear plant safe, says Kalam, November 7). Along with solar power, nuclear power is one of the cleanest energy sources. India needs it to meet its energy demands and also fight climate change. The agitators should consider his views and then decide on the future course of action.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai