Outsourcing is not our birthright
There is no point in taking exception to Barack Obama’s speech, which is going to affect outsourcing. To approach the WTO can only be considered downright puerile.Updated: Oct 09, 2009, 15:17 IST
There is no point in taking exception to Barack Obama’s speech, which is going to affect outsourcing. To approach the WTO can only be considered downright puerile. Obama has inherited decades of profligacy and financial mismanagement, and it falls on him as the President to rescue the US, embattled on several fronts. Obama is only treading a delicate path and prioritising the interests of his citizens. We in India have to rely on our own wits to survive, having ridden piggy-back on outsourcing for way too long. After all, it isn’t our birthright.
HR Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
Silent at the right time
Sitaram Yechury in From the arc lights to reality ( Left hand drive, February 26) has raised a few issues which need attention, regarding the recession and the government’s fiscal stimulus. One is the encouragement of crony capitalism and the other is the issue of huge deposits in Swiss banks. These issues are inter-dependent, since illegally accumulated wealth needs safe havens. But sadly, neither Yechury nor his party had raised these issues when supporting the government. It seems our politicians talk about ethics and problems of the people only when they are in opposition. In fact, for four years Yechury kept blaming the BJP, in the name of defending secularism, merely to appease a few.
Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi
We can’t let it be
Apropos of Harsh Mander’s article Reconcile with the truth (February 27), the question is: who is it that needs to reconcile with the truth — Hindus or Muslims? The Sabarmati inferno, in which scores of Hindus died, was a sad accident and its fallout in Gujarat, claiming Muslim lives, have both caused fissures that will never heal if they continue to be treated so matter-of-factly. The life of a Hindu seems to be very cheap under the UPA government, for whom letting matters be is reconciliation enough.
Viniti Gupta, via email
Familiar cycle of apathy
Apropos of the report Election ban for Sharif brothers (February 26), in the days to come, the political temperature in Pakistan is bound to rise, with a strong possibility of confrontation and a return to political instability. The country’s six-decade history exhibits repetition of a familiar cycle in which military rulers and elected civilians take turns and use every tactic to eliminate each other, thereby concealing their inability to solve the problems of the common people. This bodes ill for the subcontinent.
PL Bakhshi, via email
No meltdown for the media
Apropos of the report The great election gamble (February 25), with elections around the corner, our politicians at the Centre and in the states are on an inauguration spree at break-neck speed to kick-off long-pending projects, and are busy glorifying their achievements through newspapers. They seem to have suddenly discovered ‘Aladdin’s lamp’. While all other industries are struggling to fight recession and a global meltdown, the media industry seems to be laughing all the way to the bank. With an uncertain verdict being forecast, the media will continue to thrive on chaos and our good wishes are with them.
N Nagarajan, via email
Robbing Peter to pay Paul
At a time of recession, the government’s move to hike dearness allowance to its employees is not justified. The government must consider reducing pay instead, and accommodating more staff in various departments to curb unemployment. Anyway, it is unfair to cushion the lives of some with the help of taxpayers’ money.
TT sakaria, Delhi
No distinctions here
This has reference to the editorial Unlawful terrorist (The pundit, February 27). We are only providing the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the satisfaction of having chosen a country like India, which makes no distinction between petty crime and national security.
Priya Meher, via email