Foreign and local players can co-exist in the retail market
Barkha Dutt in Land of the McTikki (Third Eye, September 29) presents a convincing argument on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector. I believe that small retailers and mega-marts can co-exist in the Indian market. The common man will be the main beneficiary of the resulting competition between local traders and foreign players. It’s also true that the political parties which are opposing the UPA’s decision would have allowed FDI if they were in power.
-Sanjeev Kumar Patro, via email
I don’t agree with Dutt’s arguments. She is being completely unfair to the opposition parties and others who are opposing FDI in retail. India is a democracy and everyone has the right to have an opinion on every issue. Those who are opposing the Centre’s decision have valid reasons to justify their stand. Dutt should stop being an advocate of the UPA government. The Centre must reconsider the decision if it poses a threat to the livelihoods of even 1% of India’s total population.
-AK Sharma, via email
She needs justice, not sympathy
This refers to Namita Bhandare’s article Survivors, not victims (Another Day, September 29). I congratulate Bhandare for spreading awareness among people on the issue of rape and making them realise that rape victims want justice more than sympathy. It’s true that a rape victim is seen as a burden on the family, which wrongly believes that her sexual purity is linked to their honour. By doing so, the family puts more pressure on the poor victim and ignores the fact that she needs their help to recover from the trauma of the incident.
-Kamalpreet Singh, via email
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