This refers to “Reflections on a cup of coffee” (Business Line, October 1). India certainly has the intellectual capacity, strength and ability to fuel the next industrial revolution. But it has miles to go in order to scale industrial heights. To start with, productivity has to be improved. Though India has vast economic potential, rampant corruption is eating into its growth. The next big obstacle to growth is governance bottlenecks. India should learn from the Maldives which follows the principle of ‘belief in business over bureaucracy’. P. S. Saravana Durai

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Political succession

This refers to “Handling political succession process” (Business Line, September 30). It is not that there were no disagreements during Mahatma Gandhi’s time; we all know what happened between Jinnah and Nehru. And as has been rightly mentioned, Nehru was chosen over the likes of Patel and Maulana Azad. But they accepted Nehru as the leader. This would not be the case today, because of egotistic politicians. When it comes to making Rahul Gandhi Vice-President of the Congress Party, I do not think it is going to make any difference to the fortunes of the oldest political party of the nation. Because sycophancy has taken deep root in the Congress, no one dares to oppose a Gandhi. Those who do, like Sharad Pawar, float their own parties. Succession is a sensitive issue which should be handled with utmost care. I am sure if we have pre-Independence-like situation today, it would have led to a political disaster.

Bal Govind

Noida

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(This article was published on October 2, 2012)
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