Apropos of the lead story Narendera (FE, May 27), with the swearing in of Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the era of the Congress and coalition governments has ended. In line with his unconventional ways, Modi surprised everybody by inviting heads of SAARC countries to his swearing-in ceremony. With the massive mandate, he is susceptible to pressures neither of his party members nor of the NDA allies. He has a free hand to take his own decisions and his Cabinet is the first glimpse of that. Going for a smaller Cabinet consisting of new generation of BJP leaders, he has made clear that the time of old guards is up. He has the monumental job of delivering on the promises he and his party have made to the people of India and winning trust of all sections of the society. People with high hopes expecting him to be a man with magic wand should understand that there is no such thing that can set right all wrongs overnight and they should give Modi a reasonable time-frame.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
The column "Ice-cream model for 'rurban' India" (FE, May 28) by Ashok Gulati cautions the country against urbanisation without planning and points towards how a modern India can be built. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talk of building 100 model cities/towns that have the spirit of a village but the facilities of a city is inspiring in this context. Unless we build them in a systematic manner, we may end up as a country of slums. The satellite towns should be able to absorb the excess labour in rural India with proper industries/industrial houses and provide them with uniform built-up houses and good infrastructure facilities for education, health, water, etc. There has to be better wages and facilities for labour. Social programmes must look at solving problems of malnutrition, maternal health, access to education etc. The storage, food supply chain, communication facilities, etc need to be up to date in these rurban centres. And attention needs to be paid not on reducing but on stabilising prices. The existing kirana shops could provide the best links in the supply chain. As pointed out, the government's policy should be to incentivise this fusion. And this is the right time to go forward with required planning and support.
Apropos of the edit Black money again(FE, May 29), it aptly points out that streamlining the taxation system itself could coorect the attitude of hiding true income. At the same time, even though tax evaders and black money holders are being identified, they also are managing to escape through political connections. Hence, the new government must be strong in dealing with them. Constituting a special Investigation Team is of course to welcome to repatriate black money. With regard to the unearthing of the Swiss bank deposits, the climate prevailing is conducive given Swiss banks have removed the secrecy veil and Indian government could now to get the required information.
NR Nagarajan, Sivaksi