Better safe than sorry should be the motto of our politicians
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai article Not a hard word (Beyond the Bite, February 25), BJP leader LK Advani’s ‘sorry’ to Congress president Sonia Gandhi is a step in the right direction in politics. Sadly, the Opposition has always criticised the government on every issue even if the criticism is unwarranted. In a healthy democracy, it’s important that all politicians watch their words and refrain from accusing others without substantial evidence.
PK Srivastava, via email
There is a lot of acrimony among politicians today. That’s why Advani’s recent apology to Gandhi for his comments on her involvement in the black money issue becomes all the more special. But, unfortunately, no one else in either the Congress or the BJP has learnt a lesson from the episode, as the recent argument between Sushma Swaraj and Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament proves.
Bal Govind, Noida
A budget of unhappiness
With reference to the editorial
Not feeling too social just yet (Our Take, March 2), this year’s budget hasn’t given the common man even a single reason to smile. Medical bills are set to rise thanks to the imposition of service tax on medical professionals. The Rs 20,000 increase in the income tax exemption limit is a case of too little, too late. At a time when the cost of living has almost doubled, people expected the finance minister to take measures to curb inflation and not worry about the Sensex or GDP.
MC Joshi, Lucknow