India can expect reforms only after voting the UPA out in 2014
The lowering of India's credit outlook to negative by Standard & Poor is a slap in the face of the UPA ('Govt holding up India growth story', April 26). The UPA has been taking the common man for a ride for almost half a decade now. The credit rating agency Moody's has categorically stated that the Indian government is not doing enough on the reforms front. This comes soon after chief economic adviser Kaushik Basu exposed the government's lackadaisical attitude towards formulating policies. All in all, India can hope for reforms only after people show the door to the Congress-led UPA coalition in 2014.
Harischandra Parshuram, via email
He set a precedent for presidents
With reference to Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article A renaissance man (Incidentally, April 21), former Pres-ident R Venkataraman did justice to his office by taking bold decisions and not buckling under pressure from any party or individual. Venkataraman was an astute and sagacious statesman. There's an acute shortage of far-sighted and courageous leaders like him. Let's hope that India's next president follows in the footsteps of Venka-taraman and, as the writer states, shows the world that "a liberal democracy can flourish in a strong State".
Ashish Rai, via email
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