Beginning with a blunder
After giving credit to separatists and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP is now demanding the return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru. J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has started by putting governance on the back-burner. Mufti seems to be confused in according priority after assuming power. His daughter, and PDP leader, Mehbooba Mufti lost no time to defending the CM on his Pakistan remarks. Both father and daughter are more loyal to fringe ideologies than to the nation, or even the J&K. PDP and BJP are diametrically opposite to each other on ideological issues. When the ideologically different parties have come on one platform to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state, the heads of both the parties should not only refrain from indulging in loose talk but also control their followers. But PDP seems to have totally forgotten that its main duty is to concentrate on developmental activities. Now Mufti has been demanding the NDA government hold talks with Pakistan. Does this have anything to do with improving the governance situation in J&K? It is unfortunate that a seasoned politician like Mufti needs to be reminded that his priority is now to give good administration to the people.
There is a rather shady divergence between the way the Budget has been interpreted and what it actually portends. As per the column “The wait for acche din just got longer”, the fiscal deficit relaxation isn’t going top achieve much given the government has not really expanded its spending. This is the exact opposite of what everybody seems to believe, that the relaxation has given greater room for additional spending. Similarly, apropos of your edit “Adding to the tax mess”, while the corporate is celebrating the announcement that its effective rate of tax will be “brought down” to 25%, the fact remains that it perhaps stood at 23%! Is the government deliberately trying to obfuscate?
Sumona Pal, Kolkata