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india Updated: Dec 24, 2010 23:02 IST

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On onions, the government owes people an explanation
The editorial Peeling the pinch (The Pundit, December 22) has rightly assessed that electoral debacles over the price of onions are evidence of the common man’s sensitivity to it. Had the Congress-led UPA government analysed the economics of its demand and supply before exporting, this situation wouldn’t have arisen. This is not just bad policymaking but lacklustre governance.
Yugal Kishore Sharma, Faridabad
The delay in banning the export of onions has led to this crisis. Especially inexplicable is why the government refused to act even as onion prices escalated. The Centre must ensure that those concerned are watchful of such situations in future.
BM Agrawal, Kolkata

Sharp turns ahead?
With reference to Daniel Twining's article Herald a new order (December 22), US President Barack Obama's visit to India was interesting as he seemed less an US president and more a businessman. Actually, Obama needs our support to fix the US economy. But the US can also turn selfish to protect its own interests. We must not rely too much on the US for our economic development.
Vishal Bhambhani, Ujjain

Not the right track
This refers to the report Gujjar stir hits trains (December 22). No community should be allowed to create nuisance while putting forward demands that need constitutional review. The inconvenience caused to passengers and the loss to the exchequer caused by the Gujjars' rail blockade cannot be justified. Nobody should be allowed to get away by disrupting rail movement. The Gujjar issues has been festering for months now. It's high time the prime minister takes a tough decision on the issue.
Ratan Sharga, Lucknow

History's wrong lessons
Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article Unbiased recitals (Incidentally, December 18) says that an impartial outlook is a prerequisite for writing history. But unfortunately, the history of India has been twisted by successive governments to match their political outlook and affiliations. This is the reason why many episodes of Indian history are unduly glorified while certain praiseworthy ones are consigned to the dustbin. Those Indian historians who tried to present history impartially were marginalised and branded as partisan and communal.
Ujjal Dutta, Delhi

A nation on the run
In his article Keep it running (Maha Bharat, December 23), Samar Halarnkar rightly states that
Indians are running more than ever before, thanks to the marathons organised in metros. We need to inculcate the habit of running in our daily routine and should not keep ourselves restricted to only participating in marathons. Unlike our New Year resolutions, which we abandon a few days into the year, we must make running a necessary part of our daily existence.
Bal Govind, Noida

Bribery is all-pervasive
The report Bribe key to entering police services: Pillai (December 21) is a warning to our leaders where our democracy is headed for. Bribery is a practice prevalent in every central and state government department. Many government officers privately disclose that they have to pay huge monthly amounts to higher-ups to stay at lucrative posts. If not checked now, it may lead to chaos everywhere. The media must play a positive role to expose these wrongdoings and bring probity into public life.
JS Sodhi, via email