Letters to the editor

Independence day
I endorse Shekhar Gupta's view that the ongoing unrest in the Muslim world today is the result of the "decades-old, unexplained, non-negotiated, non-debated policies" of the Muslim states where people are not just against corruption and domestic authoritarianism but the system itself ('Cry freedom', IE, February 5). Tunisia and Egypt should serve as a clarion call not only for autocratic or dynastic rulers but even for democracies like India where there is a silent anger against incumbent political regimes over their indifference towards corruption and price-rise. The writing on the walls of Cairo and Alexandria is an indicator of a brewing upsurge against dictatorial regimes to gain unfettered freedom from unjust thrones.

Manzar Imam, New Delhi

Poor rich, rich poor
This refers to Surjit S. Bhalla's 'The money line' (IE, February 5). For the writer, Rs 1 lakh crore of black money in 2009 is "only a small bit" of our GDP. So why worry? Then he adds that the real culprit is the aam aadmi below the Rs 10 lakh income bracket. He seems to imply that the less you earn, the more black money you generate! If only Bhalla added up all the post-Independence money from scams to find that most of it stashed away abroad. A significant part of this has been allowed into our stock markets by way of participatory notes which are benami instruments. Does the writer offer a salary slip, with TDS, to his domestic help?

V.H. Karmarkar, Pune

Green growth
Apropos the editorial 'Green, black, white' (IE, February 5), it's time to ensure sustainable development without disturbing the environment. The headline of the editorial itself is very motivating. Although it is true India needs development, we cannot take the environment for granted. It is rightly mentioned that the two reinforce each other. Like Germany, India should also come up with means to turn environmental innovations into economic growth. We may allow Posco or Vedanta to operate, but not by disturbing the ecology.

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