Push through the reforms to get the economy back on track again
This refers to the editorial It’s a real race against time (Our Take, December 1). It is a matter of grave concern that our economic growth has further dipped and reached a dismal 5.5%. A growth rate which is below 6% for the third quarter in a row is damaging for a country that aspires to at least 8.5% growth to provide jobs for its burgeoning population. It is high time that the Congress-led UPA showed the nation that good economics is good politics too. The government must push through much-needed economic reforms, including foreign direct investment in multi-retail brand to put the economy back on track.
Tarlok Singh, via email
With GDP growth at its lowest in three years, one wonders how the UPA government plans to fund its recently-announced welfare programmes. Instead of taking the rating agencies’ move to downgrade India’s credit outlook seriously, the government kept on assuring the masses that there’s no economic threat. It is high time the government got its act together and assured people about our economy’s stability and strength.
Gagandeep, via email
Ponting's exit is cricket's loss
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s retirement from international cricket is cricket’s loss (Punter’s last hand, November 30). It would be an understatement to say that with his retirement an era has come to an end. Cricket lovers not only in Australia but all over the world will miss his batting feats and captaincy skills. However, one hopes he will maintain his association with the game.
NR Ramachandran, via email