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india Updated: Feb 27, 2013 22:11 IST
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Banerjee needs a grip on Bengal’s economy as well as her temper
In his article A victim of perception (February 26), Ashok Malik rightly points out that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is being perceived negatively by people because of a media campaign that insists on highlighting her government’s shortcomings. Ignoring such adverse comments, it would be prudent for her to keep her calm. It is admirable that ever since she took over, no instance of corruption has surfaced. The CM must now control her temper and concentrate on the tough job of fixing the state’s ailing economy.

Pramod Kumar, via email

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Banerjee’s best trait is her aversion to the so-called bandh culture of the Leftist parties. She has also done good work in West Bengal’s hills and the Maoist-infested Jungle Mahal. But the chief minister has failed miserably on the economic front, mainly because of her land policies. If the betterment of West Bengal is truly her agenda, she should accept that framing a sound economic roadmap must precede all other activities. If this does not happen, all her efforts to stay in power will prove futile in the future.

Ashok Ghosh, via email

Weigh in on the right side
The report 9% kids below 14 morbidly obese (February 26) has helped highlight a matter of great concern. From public schools that serve oily junk food in their canteens to parents who give children money instead of healthy snacks, there are many factors that contribute to a child’s excess weight. The need of the hour is to change the menu provided in school canteens. Parents should also encourage children to eat healthy food, as this will save future generations from ailments such as increased cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Gulshan Kumar, via email