No good news on the economic horizon
This is with reference to ‘Tales from a land of rising inflation’ (The Big Story, July 21). The series of articles rightly highlight the ill-effects of inflation on families across urban India. People in the villages and backward areas are more adversely affected by rising inflation. The root cause for this instability of the economy is the presence of black money in the market. While Manmohan Singh was instrumental in saving the economy way back in 1991, it is doubtful if he can do so this time. The recent so-called economic reforms initiated by the UPA government are pre-election vote-catching strategies and are a waste of public money. The more serious economic problem is stagflation, which is the co-existence of rising inflation and unemployment. This is worse than inflation. It is a sign that there are more bad days ahead of us.
AL Agarwal, New Delhi
Weed out the rotten apples
With reference to Their badge of dishonour (Chanakya, July 21), the Supreme Court judgment that the day an MP or MLA is convicted by a court, he or she must be disqualified from the House and should not be allowed to contest an election is welcome. The court has realised that politicians with criminal backgrounds are ruling different parts of the country and are thus stalling the progress of the nation. All the political parties must follow the court order and instil confidence in the voters.
Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
The apex court judgment will have no effect on Indian politics. Every political party will have to fall back on influential party leaders in a particular area to win seats. This being the case, even if people like Raja Bhaiya and Shibu Soren are debarred from contesting elections, they will still be calling the shots from behind the scenes. What we really need is to debar history-sheeters and anti-social elements from politics altogether.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
It’s for the greater common good
I agree with Karan Thapar’s views expressed in Error in judgment (Sunday Sentiments, July 21). The recent order passed by the apex court to rid the assemblies and Parliament of corrupt representatives is right. Those convicted or even those in custody must be treated as disqualified and shunted out from the assemblies and Parliament. About 162 sitting MPs and 1,460 MLAs have police cases against them. These politicians must now be disqualified.
RK Kapoor, Chandigarh
Karan Thapar has just tried to highlight the negative sides of the judgment. The questions he has raised are relevant but what is the need to discuss such things when the judgment will lead to the greater good? For decades the country had been expecting politicians to clean the system, but precious little has been done. The nation should support the judgment and put pressure on political parties to follow the order with immediate effect. This judgment can bring about great change in the country and thus it is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.
Shailesh Kumar, Patna
Too late for course correction
Manas Chakravarty’s An earning curve (Loose Canon, July 21) effectively highlights the problems the common man is facing because of high inflation. The policy paralysis that hobbled the UPA 2 for a very long time has led to the prices of all essential commodities skyrocketing. Though the government has woken up and taken corrective measures, it has come too late in the day.
DS Kumar, via email
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