The PM’s assurances on the economy have come far too late
This refers to the editorial PM’s optimism is not baseless (Our Take, March 9). At a time when the world is facing a major financial crisis, it is good to see Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being confident about what can be done on the domestic front to bring the economy back on the track. Given his economic and administrative acumen, there’s little to doubt his assurance. However, the fact that the PM’s announcement and big bang economic reforms have come at the fag end of the second term of the UPA government leaves many curious about their timing.
SK Wasan, via email
Time to show Pakistan the door
It is heartening that the Ajmer shrine spiritual head Zainul Abedin Ali Khan has decided to boycott the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in view of the recent brutal killing and beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army (Ajmer Sharif head threatens to boycott Pakistan PM’s visit, March 9). It makes little sense to welcome Ashraf whose country continues to bleed India through a thousand cuts. One hopes that the Indian government also follows suit and suspends all diplomatic ties with Pakistan until the latter takes firm steps to stop terrorism emanating from its soil.
NR Ramachandran, via email
Raise a stink over garbage disposal
East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (EDMC) decision to fine owners of vacant plots if they fail to stop people from littering their property seems to be a move in the right direction (Garbage in your vacant plot? You’ll be fined, March 9). But before resorting to challan offenders, it must earmark space where garbage can be dumped. The authorised land fill sites are not emptied regularly due shortage of manpower and equipment, forcing people to dump garbage wherever they find space.
Gautam Chandra, via email