In the article “India at 65, a rudderless ship” (Business Line, August 15), the author deserves appreciation for the forthright, strong and, at the same time, objective commentary on the prevailing state of the nation. The first part of the article has concisely summed up the nation's present governance or the lack of it. As a senior citizen who has had the privilege of seeing the state of affairs of the country for a few decades, I regretfully acknowledge the description of the country's present situation.

It needs no reiteration that the people deserve a better dispensation. But, one has to disagree with the author's conclusions as remedies to the situation. The country has fortunately a wealth of intelligent and able citizens, capable of steering the affairs of the nation in a glorious manner; only an opportunity needs to be provided in whatever way possible.

T. R. Anandan


Tough task ahead

With reference to “The man who may turn things around” (Business Line, August 14), the newly-appointed Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan might have predicted the 2008 financial crisis, but expecting him to turn around the economy would be a tough task. In India, there is a strong overlap between politics and economics, and more often than not, economics takes a backseat. So, until Manmohan Singh takes complete control of the situation, nothing will change.

Bal Govind


(This article was published on August 15, 2012)
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