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india Updated: Oct 13, 2013 23:40 IST
FDI in retail

The retail market is not lucrative enough for international companies
As rightly mentioned in Retail is off the shelf for now (Our take, October 11) the Wal-Mart-Bharti break-up is a sign that the organised retail sector in India has a long way to go before it can become a lucrative area for international companies to consider investing in.

However, it is not clear whether the government has done enough to ensure that the unorganised retail sector in India will be protected from the impact once big companies get into the retail business. It is the duty of the government to safeguard the interests of the local traders before opening the doors for outside players.
JP Yadav, via email

The Congress and the BJP have underestimated the power of the AAP
Pankaj Vohra in A triangular twist to Delhi Assembly elections (Beyond the news, October 11) gives a detailed analysis of how the presence of a third strong party has favoured both the Congress and the BJP during different elections in Delhi. Where he goes wrong is in underestimating the power the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The people are fed up with the Congress government in the state and the BJP-led MCD. To the AAP’s advantage, both the major parties have ignored the new party thinking that it will not be a serious contender. The question to be asked is what will the AAP do if it does not win a clean majority. Will it join hands with one of the big parties?
Madan Mohan, New Delhi

Sachin Tendulkar has always maintained high moral principles
People are effusive in their praise of Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his announcement of retirement from Test cricket. Cricket lovers, both young and old, were treated to superb displays of batting for nearly a quarter of a century. In the batting pantheon, Sachin Tendulkar ranks with all-time greats like Don Bradman, Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. The fact that he never advertised tobacco and alcohol despite huge offers is a testimony to his high moral principles.
G David Milton, via email