Slums play a great role in helping a city realise its true potential
In his article Beyond the walls (April 23), Michael McQuarrie makes an interesting comparison between Mumbai's slums and American ghettos, proving that the former are better organised and economically versatile. There's no doubt that slums are entrepreneurial engines of urban economies. It is important that the provisions of the Slum Rehabilitation Act of 1995 are implemented fully, as a city like Mumbai will realise its true potential only when it works for people from all sections of society.
--Ashish Rai, via email
Policy-making isn't a priority
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's comment that the UPA government does not suffer from policy paralysis - which came soon after chief economic adviser Kaushik Basu stated that the nation can't expect any reforms before 2014 - is misleading (Pranab pushes for 2 key reforms, April 23). As the Hindust-an Times recently reported, Parliament passed only 36 bills in 2011 and many important legislations are still pending. Whatever be the reason for this sad state of affairs, one thing is for certain: the UPA isn't interested in formulating policies before the 2014 polls.
--S Kamat, Goa
There's no nice ring to it
This refers to the report Phone bills may got up by 3 paise a min (April 25). Telecom operators are making huge profits from the current spectrum costs in India, which are perhaps the lowest in the world. But they don't share the profits with consumers. So why do they want to increase calling costs now when the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has proposed to revise spectrum costs?
--Gulshan Kumar, via email
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