Another tragedy

* Tuesday night's naval catastrophe is the second tragedy, in less than a month, for India in general and our military forces in particular. We have already lost five soldiers in J&K and now another 18 navy personnel have died due to the recent blast that sank INS Sindhurakshak in Mumbai. These incidents raise questions about whether standard operating procedures are being followed. We need a detailed review of these occurrences so that similar mishaps do not take place.

— Sumeet Mahendra

Seoni Malwa

20 days and 20 years

* This refers to 'SC rejects Lalu petition, wants trial finished in 20 days' (IE, August 14). It's good that the bench led by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam has refused to shift the trial on Lalu Prasad's fodder scam case from a Ranchi court. The CJI has driven home the point that Lalu's fear of the trial court judge's bias is ill-founded. The RJD chief's case has been dragging on for nearly 20 years now, thanks to the manner in which cases involving political leaders are dealt with in our country. It is very interesting that the bench has given the trial court 20 days to wrap up the proceedings and deliver its verdict. With the new CJI's keenness for the speedy dispensation of justice, it is to be hoped that the truth is revealed soon.

— P.G. Menon


Investor sentiment

* Appropos 'Fixated on the rupee' (IE, August 13), I believe that the government is not doing enough to ensure growth and investment. It was quite ironic that two industrial giants — Posco and ArcelorMittal — decided to scrap huge projects around the same time that the government announced a liberalised FDI policy. India has lost its sheen as a potential investment destination. Even Indians themselves were starting to shift investments abroad, until the RBI clamped down on this on Wednesday. The RBI's mandate is perceived to be to ensure price stability and rein in inflation. It is the government's job to ensure that investment sentiment is positive by making sure it is easy to do business.

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