Seeds of discontent

Seeds of discontent

* This refers to Robert Paarlberg's article, 'Coming a cropper'(IE , November 13). The fact that GM technology became successful in Brazil and China does not automatically imply that India should also embrace it. In India, there are vast inequalities of income among farmers. The introduction of GM technology could heighten such inequalities, just as the Green Revolution did. Moreover, China has strict rules and regulations for the use of GM technology. India lacks these. The time is still not ripe to introduce such technology here. But the success stories of Brazil and China could be analysed for ways to apply GM technology in Indian conditions.

— Deepak Bansal


Winter's tale

* I AGREE with the editorial, 'A winter of hard work', (IE, November 13). The Congress is trying to rope in all its allies to ensure their support in the winter session of Parliament. The PM was right to reach out to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party supremo Mayawati. Parties that support the UPA from outside have a double-edged policy. They often find fault with the UPA's policies, even if these are in the interest of the people. But they continue to support the government because of vested interests. The UPA must also bring the BJP on board with its reforms agenda, if the relevant bills are to be passed in Parliament.

— R.K. Kapoor


* APROPOS the editorial 'A winter of hard work', the prime minister has to take up the responsibility of persuading allies and opponents, now that one of the Congress's most skilled politicians, Pranab Mukherjee, has left the fray. The winter session is important as very little was achieved in the last two sessions. The chief function of legislature is to legislate. The BJP should refrain from attempts to destabilise the government by stalling Parliament. It can register

its objections on the floor of the House.

— M.K.Mahapatra


Trial and error

* THIS is apropos '2G spectrum auction: Govt receives bids over Rs 9,200 cr on Day 1' (IE, November 13). The 122 licences that were given earlier were cancelled by the Supreme Court after the controversy on the method of allocation. Most of the furore was centred on the speculative loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore, cited in the CAG's report. Now the 176 blocks of spectrum that were put on auction have not been offered high prices. It is the government's trial and error method of doing business that has attracted criticism in the past and prompted opposition leaders to

stall Parliament.

— K.L.Khandekar


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