In her article Jewel thieves (January 18), Sagarika Ghose has wondered whether we could imagine anyone becoming cabinet minister at the age of 42. May I inform her and HT readers that I became a Union minister in 1967 at the age of 36 in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet.
The morality question
Apropos of Steven Pinker’s article Goodness gracious we (January 19), the line between morality and immorality is hazy. Our psychology changes according to the environment we live in. What is considered immoral by today’s generation might be seen in a different light by the next. To me, morality means humanity and universal brotherhood, although there will never be any consensus on it.
Apropos of K.K. Birla’s article The buck stops here (January 22), the exchange rate plays an important role in the growth of exports and affects employment. The government should remember that export turnover has already declined in sectors like machinery, electronics, chemicals, processed food, agro-products and textiles. Since more than 10 per cent of the industrial production is exported, any further hardening of the rupee will impact industrial growth and employment. The government must correct the overvaluation of the rupee and spur economic growth.
Partners for peace
this has reference to Amit Baruah’s article Enter the dragon (January 22). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s efforts to put India on the global map will have a great bearing on our relations with other nations. Peaceful co-existence, as far as India and China are concerned, is a sine qua non for peace and prosperity in the world.
Ray of hope
Apropos of the editorial Well begun, not half done (January 23), the sentencing of the 11 accused in the Bilkis Bano case will provide a ray of hope to other victims of the Gujarat carnage of 2002. The courage Bilkis Bano and her family showed during this period must be applauded. Though the judgment is welcome, it should only be the beginning and not the end in itself.
Left on a sticky wicket
With reference to the editorial Karat before the horse (January 22), the CPI(M) has taken the country for a ride with just 59 MPs and is blackmailing the UPA government on all issues. It will get a fitting reply in the forthcoming general elections.
Apropos of the report 5,700 children die everyday in India (January 23), it is shameful that malnutrition in India is even more than Bangladesh and Nepal. The Prime Minister’s concern on the issue is welcome, but he should order a thorough investigation to see how badly we are placed and where the funds are going.
Politics of Bharat Ratna
The deeply divided Indian polity is once again on display, thanks to the debate over the Bharat Ratna. It is unfortunate that the media is also talking about the candidates without taking into account the stature of these nominees. There is no dearth of dynamic individuals in this country but we need proper criteria to honour them. The surveys and nominations only lower the dignity of the award and bring disrepute to the country.
Clean up your act first
Apropos of Sitaram Yechury’s article Mercury rising (January 24), it sounds ironic when he says the main reason for global warming is the pattern of capitalist industrialisation in pursuit of ever higher profits. Wasn’t it the Left Front government in West Bengal that gave hundreds of acres of land to the Tatas virtually free for their car plant? If the author wants to eliminate global warming, then he should force the UPA government to look for other energy options like ethanol or solar energy.
Importance of Brown
With reference to the editorial Is he Browned off (January 23), it is ridiculous that Sarkozy’a love life makes waves. During his visit, British PM Gordon Brown showed pragmatism by talking about India’s place in the world, while his wife showed her philanthropic side by reaching out to the weaker sections of the society. Such gestures should be respected and highlighted by the media.
Harsh Vardhan Sinha
Chauvinists rule India
Ishan Chaudhuri’s Off track No time for love at the top (January 24) made interesting reading. There was so much controversy over Carla Bruni’s visit because the government is run not by people’s representatives but by a band of fundamentalists who dictate terms to our politicians. In this era of globalisation, India should free itself from the clutches of chauvinist forces.
Omar Luther King
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