With reference to the editorial Political parties must price to the occasion (Feb 16), though there is a feel-good factor due to the projected economic growth at about 9 per cent according to the Prime Minister, the national mood is gloomy because inflation has already crossed 4 per cent. Though the PM has shown serious concern, his words amount to wishful thinking because the recent increase in petroleum prices will contribute to increasing inflation. Let the PM and FM cut wasteful government expenditure and restore petroleum prices to keep inflation in check.
The brutal massacre of 13 policemen and a civilian in Nayagarh by Naxals should serve as an eye-opener (Naxals slay 13 cops in Orissa, Feb 17). It is amazing that the Naxals were armed with modern weapons, out-numbered the cops and were able to not only kill them but also loot the entire armoury. The government should take stern measures to curb the Naxal and Ulfa menace that has already assumed alarming proportions. The support of a foreign hand in the Naxal menace cannot be ruled out. The government must smash supply routes from Myanmar and Bangladesh to break their back.
Licence to kill
The report, Ex-student kills six on US campus (Feb 16), suggests that such incidents have become a common phenomenon in America. It is astonishing how a man with a gun entered the lecture hall without being frisked. The previous shooting incidents have not taught the authorities any lessons.
Apropos of the report People looking beyond UPA government (Feb 16), L.K. Advani has correctly voiced the sentiments of millions in India in saying that the GDP has no relevance to the abject conditions prevailing in the country. A few millionaires are not an indication of the health of this country. Prices are soaring and agriculturists are forced into debt to purchase seeds.
B. Rathnakar Rai
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