Boom before bust
With reference to the report Super inflation after superb growth (February 10), though the middle-class is up in arms, it has become difficult for the poor to keep body and soul together.india Updated:
With reference to the report Super inflation after superb growth (February 10), though the middle-class is up in arms, it has become difficult for the poor to keep body and soul together. The prices of vegetables and other essential items have gone through the roof but wages have not kept pace. Our economic growth is lopsided and unlikely to be sustained in the long-term. One can’t blame the US for all our problems, but the West may have set in motion an economic implosion that may damage our economy.
Apropos of Jyotirmaya Sharma’s article "Fifteen minutes of infamy" (February 12), Modi-bashing has become a fashion and the tag of the ‘secular’ mind. The majority of Indians have condemned what happened in Gujarat in 2002. To keep reminding the people of those incidents is like nourishing the virus of communalism. It is a typical game that politicians play for garnering votes.
PN Razdan via e-mail
Land as a weapon
Abhirup Sarkar’s "Real estate, unreal methods" (February 8) refers to the land acquisition problems for industry but has not mentioned shrinking agricultural land in a country with a burgeoning population. How can any agreement be transparent when profit-makers and land speculators are in the picture? People going on hunger strike and insisting on a particular outcome is no solution. Is it not necessary to prepare a map marking lands fit for industries?
Surajit Das Gupta, Kolkata
At alms length
The report "Beggars biggest losers, stray dogs come next" (February 10), it is a good idea to build shelters for beggars during the Commonwealth Games. But after the Games will they be allowed to roam the city? The government should provide them some work so that they can earn their livelihood. If we follow the money-for-work policy, we can hope to abolish beggary from India.
Jyotismita Puzari, Delhi
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First Published: Feb 13, 2007 16:50 IST