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Letters to the editor


No more of this, NaMo

For the first time, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate exhibited immaturity in his election speech in Delhi on March 26, 2014, when he inadvertently publicised the website of the Aam Aadmi Party’, exhorting people to take a look at the map of India there, which showed no Kashmir. But the search revealed no such thing. Now, this over-emphasis on AAP for the first time by Narendra Modi has made us think that Modi has accepted AAP as a challenge.

 NaMo’s comments about the Union Defence Minister A K Antony and Arvind Kejriwal being Pakistani agents seem positively jarring. The Election Commission should take serious note of the comments, especially the one regarding the Indian defence minister.


Madhu Agrawal

Speech hardly befits a PM candidate

Narendra Modi told a fervent crowd that Pakistan’s AK-47 rifle, our defence minister, A K  Antony and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, Arvind  Kejriwal “….are sustaining terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India.”  After hearing his speech, people wonder if he is such a suitable prime ministerial candidate after all.  Till date, Modi has never in his speeches, ever revealed his plans for the country’s future. Rather, he has misguided us with personal attacks on his opponents, with wrong historical evidence, spreading mass ‘maya-jaal.’ How can we take such a person seriously and entrust him with our future?


Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

Janata is as wise as an owl

The just-released Congress manifesto is nothing but old wine in a new bottle. Earlier, the name of the concoction was ‘roti, kapada aur makaan.’ Now it’s ‘dawa, pension aur makaan’ — a clear admission that the party and its government have induced sickness, joblessness and homelessness among the people during their years of misrule. In such a situation, how can they expect to win the voters’ hearts,minds and the forthcoming election? Can’t people tell that these election-eve overtures are all Congressmen’s ‘Janata ko ulloo banane ki koshish’(an attempt fool people)?


R N Shanbhag

MSMEs score over FDI

The article, ‘FDI: Far from a capital idea for growth’ (March 27) by N Chandra Mohan rightly underscores the importance of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and manufacturing industry in preference to Foreign Direct Investment. The  latter is, all said and done, a risk capital from abroad, in which the investors are solely guided by margins of profit. The high current account deficit last year was substantially created by the flight of foreign capital, as the Western economy showed signs of revival. In particular, a high share of short-term FDI is a continuing source of instability of the economy.

 MSMEs create more jobs with less investment. Though Manmohan Singh’s New Economic Policy of 1991 promised to redefine their role, not much has been contributed by his government, as its focus has been on big business.

 The promotion of manufacturing offers both political and economic advantage to the party in power. It creates jobs at all levels, unlike the service sector, which caters to knowledgeable workers and has a spread effect when set up in green field areas. The cry against the preponderance of labour laws in this sector is overdone. Many companies like Hindustan Unilever and Tata Motors have survived and prospered in spite of them.

Y G Chouksey

Clash of TN titans

The acrimonious rivalry between the Puratchi Thalaivi and the Kalaignar at the state-level in Tamil Nadu seems to have reached the national stage. The moment the AIADMK supremo announced her decision of not opposing the NDA’s PM candidate, the DMK boss lost no time in extending an olive branch to the UPA conglomerate.

Both these Dravidian outfits are expecting to play the role of a king/queen maker at New Delhi after the results of the general elections are declared.

Arun Malankar

Not even vintage value

This is with reference  to ‘Cong manifesto: Cut and paste job’ (March 27). The Congress’ face-saving exercise cannot be a game changer, as there is no ingenuity in the manifesto, which appears to tread the beaten path.

In 2009, the party had an impressive UPA-1 record to bank upon; now it seems there is nothing for it to cling to. The party swears to tackle corruption, yet the scam-tainted Ashok Chavan bags a ticket to contest.

Its oft-repeated stress on women’s rights will not have any takers, considering its inability to overcome the road blocks on the women’s reservation bill in Parliament. Unfortunately for the party, some reasonable schemes like the MGNREGA and the Aadhaar suffered due to improper implementation.

Moreover, the ambitious Food Security Act came too late in the day to help the party reap dividends from it. Therefore, the party’s manifesto is not even old wine in a new bottle; it is old wine in an old bottle, without vintage value.

Ganapathi Bhat

Against all odds

Arnab Goswami’s forebodings have come true. Despite Rahul’s reservations and Prithviraj Chavan’s opposition, Ashok Chavan has

bulldozed his entry into the election fray.

If he wins a few more Lok Sabha seats for the Congress, he will displace Prithviraj from

the CM’s ‘gaddi.’

Kalmadi was sent to jail to save Sheela Dikshit, who was later rewarded with the governorship

of Kerala.

A K R Hemmady

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Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:00 AM IST