We must grow into the growth story
I admire Patrick French’s view that India’s economic growth has helped millions, realise their dreams (Before you get all nostalgic, Sunday Guest Column, January 23). People have now realised that it’s possible for India to develop at a rate faster than the present. But high levels of corruption, thanks to the nexus between politicians and bureaucrats, have made growth take a back seat. The guilty are rarely caught. And even if they are nabbed, they seldom get punished.
SN Varma, Lucknow
French’s optimism about the current economic situation in India is justified. Though a horde of scams have hit the nation, they haven’t, thankfully, affected its rate of growth. Inflation is a spin-off of rapid growth. It shouldn’t be a matter of concern as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. It’s wrong to hold the Centre’s economic policies responsible for the present mess. Instead of changing them altogether, these policies should be fine-tuned as and when required.
Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Delhi
An unseemly flutter
Indrajit Hazra in Rude little patriots (Red Herring, January 23) suggests a weird analogy between consuming alcohol in front of his grandma and the BJP’s attempt at hoisting the tricolour in Srinagar. Hoisting the national flag anywhere in India doesn’t go against our cultural mores, unlike perhaps drinking alcohol in front of elders. Unfurling the flag is a way of sending out the message that Kashmir is a part of India.
Siddhartha Suripunj, Delhi
Only in India can citizens oppose the hoisting of the national flag. It’s not because we lack the courage to go against the separatists or that we don’t respect the tricolour. The problem is votebank politics. Is there any other nation where people are forced to live as refugees in their own country? The state government, if it has the will and the courage to show the separatists that their demands are unreasonable and won’t be met, should allow everyone to practise their constitutional right of hoisting the national flag.
Ranbir Singh Jakher, Meerut
Karan Thapar seems to have written his article The other cheek (Sunday Sentiments, January 23) out of ignorance. It has happened in the past with every writer who’s tried to take potshots at Bapu. Though Thapar’s “views are personal”, the Hindustan Times is equally guilty of tarnishing the Mahatma’s image.
Tushar A Gandhi, Mumbai
Thapar rightly describes Gandhiji’s advice to the British to ‘not oppose Hitler and Mussolini’s attempts to conquer’ the world and to the Jews to ‘offer themselves to the butcher’s knife’ as “bizarre”. Gandhiji may have practised and preached non-violence all his life, but it was an unrealistic policy. Nelson Mandela, in his book Conversations with Myself, differs with Gandhiji’s view on non-violence and relies on “methods dictated by the conditions” instead.
M Ratan, Delhi
Service before self
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s article Republic daze (Loose Canon, January 23). The fathers of modern India had pledged to root out poverty, illiteracy and malnourishment from the nation. But successive governments since 1947 have failed to turn these promises into reality. Hopefully, common sense will prevail and our netas will put personal interests on the back burner.
Sharda Bhargav, via email
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