The Per­ils of Pick­ling a Timely Idea

Tehelka - - 20 - AMIT MANUVIRAJ,

Ev­ery­body tends to for­get how things were be­fore lib­er­al­i­sa­tion. It wasn’t un­til 1991 that we re­alised what we had been miss­ing. I am aware that the in re­tail may or may not work on the ground but there are no guar­an­tees in life. Let us not be afraid of do­ing some­thing new and rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent.

The UPA-II is des­per­ate to sell FDI in re­tail as some­thing that would ben­e­fit the aam aadmi. Bhavdeep Kang has metic­u­lously pre­sented in de­tail the neg­a­tives of the FDI in re­tail. But the roar plays to the gallery. Se­cur­ing the ben­e­fits de­pend on how we use it. We have to wait and watch for the re­sults.

JA­COB SAHAYAM, ON EMAIL

CAU­TION AHEAD

Re­fer to ‘ All to the Sweat Shop’ by Bhavdeep Kang, 1 De­cem­ber. Re­fer to ‘ Ed­i­tor’s Cut’ by Shoma Chaud­hury, 1 De­cem­ber.

OUT­LIN­ING GREAT­NESS

It was a coura­geous sum­mary of the evo­lu­tion of the Sena through dem­a­goguery, vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion tar­get­ing ev­ery­one from South In­di­ans to trade unions, Mus­lims to Bi­haris, and in­di­vid­u­als who did not pros­trate be­fore the demigod. What is worse, both the state and the Cen­tral government look im­po­tent in their in­abil­ity to con­demn the ar­rest of a 21-year-old girl who posted a mes­sage on Face­book ques­tion­ing the san­ity of a Mum­bai-bandh over Bal Thack­eray’s You raised all the valid points in your ar­ti­cle. I am dis­ap­pointed by the way some of the big names in­clud­ing film stars, crick­eters, busi­ness­men, so­cialites and some jour­nal­ists came out re­call­ing their good times with Thack­eray. Th­ese are the same peo­ple who never ut­tered a word against his pol­i­tics of hate and the vi­o­lence it gen­er­ated. I be­lieve a bad prece­dent has been set by giv­ing him a state funeral and by ob­serv­ing si­lence in Par­lia­ment in his hon­our.

SATYAJIT KU­MAR, ON EMAIL Though many peo­ple may have loved Bal Thack­eray, not all his ad­mir­ers agree with the Shiv Sena’s pol­i­tics. The Shiv Sena is based on Thack­eray’s tow­er­ing fig­ure, but even aer 40 years of its ex­is­tence its in­flu­ence is not felt any­where in Ma­ha­rash­tra, ex­cept Mum­bai. It would do the party good if Uddhav now con­trols his party mem­bers and takes up is­sues that are not only Mum­bai­cen­tric but Ma­ha­rash­tra-cen­tric. It would be great for Balasa­heb’s soul, but more so, it would be great for the state of Ma­ha­rash­tra.

PIYUSH OHRIE, ON EMAIL It is telling of our times that a man who incited vi­o­lence against re­gional, lin­guis­tic and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties is given a state funeral with the tri­colour wrapped around him. It makes me sick. He should have served time be­hind bars, prefer­ably life-long.

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