Inflation is coming down, but it is not telling on our wallets
This refers to the report Food inflation rate turns negative (January 6). The prices of vegetables, pulses and fruits haven't come down even though the government claims that food inflation is plummeting. Can the finance minister explain the discrepancy in the inflation figures and the actual prices of essential products? The truth is that the common man does not care about the statistics if he doesn't benefit from them.
--N Krishnan, Mumbai
No parties with a difference
With reference to the editorial This one really takes the cake (Our Take, January 6), there's nothing new or surprising about parties inducting tainted politicians from other parties just ahead of elections. Why are we singling out the BJP? Are all the other members in the party clean and honest? Or is it the first time that any party has inducted a minister with a criminal record? The BJP's mistake is that it took in Babu Singh Kushwaha soon after his expulsion from the BSP on charges of corruption was still in the news.
--MC Joshi, Lucknow
Define the rules of engagement
The editorial Stretched to breaking point (Our Take, January 7) is timely, informative and balanced. There's no doubt that the government is duty-bound to provide help to Indian citizens in other countries as and when the need arises. But it's also true that Indians living abroad are not all saints. The foreign ministry should mediate only in those cases which threaten India's long-term ties with other countries, like the recent traders' showdown in Yiwu, China, or the students' killings in Australia. It should not intervene in their personal problems.
--Ramesh Sinha, via email
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