The Perils of Pickling a Timely Idea
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
Refer to ‘ All to the Sweat Shop’ by Bhavdeep Kang, 1 December. Refer to ‘ Editor’s Cut’ by Shoma Chaudhury, 1 December.
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 aer 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.