Celebrated economists but not in touch with ground realities
With reference to the editorial Counting on them (Our Take, October 4), the poverty line debate is meaningless because of inflation. In fact, poverty should be measured by the price of essential food items at any given point of time and not by how much a person earns. The Planning Commission must not waste so much time and our money on figuring out a relevant methodology. The reputed economists at the Commission, headed by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, are clearly not in touch with ground realities. They should be transferred out of the Commission to departments where they can interact with the poor directly and understand their economic hardships.
Manjula Pal, Delhi
Let’s have an independent view
With reference to the news report Mehbooba’s charges wild, will sue her: CM (October 4), former chief minister and senior PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s charges against chief minister Omar Abdullah may not be justified but are obvious because of the circumstances. Abdullah has a lot to answer for. If he is involved in the murder of Syed Mohammad Yusuf, a worker belonging to his party National Conference, then the truth will never come out. In our county, powerful politicians often influence inquiry and investigation. Therefore, an independent panel should investigate the death. Mangal Laguri, via email
The ‘I, me, myself’ syndrome
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayaw-ati has no other agenda except playing reservation games (Mayawati now demands hike in SC/ST quota, October 2). Thanks to her regressive ideas, the state is stagnating. However, she is not the only one. There are many other politicians like her in the country who espouse a cause just because it serves their political goals. Shame on our self-serving politicians.
Rajagopal Nair, via email