Apropos of your edit “Ministerial M&As”, why is it that there is no unequivocal opinion on the size of government? It is not about whether you have lesser ministries and ministers or more. It is about whether there is synergy between your ministries and ministers for seamless policy-making and implementation. With a smaller Cabinet, your ministers are stretched badly. There is fatigue and burnout. Much as the advocates of so-called efficiency like it, humans can’t function mechanically without tiring. Coming to the matter of the Cabinet expansion, the BJP is guilty of the same thing that it accused the Congress of, appeasement. BJP cried itself hoarse over Manmohan Singh’s politically expedient excuse of “coalition dharma”. But what does inducting someone like Babul Supriyo, somebody who has absolutely no public policy experience and little political experience, in to the Cabinet mean if not trying to make inroads for the BJP in West Bengal? Just like the Congress, the BJP too can’t see much difference between the party and the government. Too bad, people still remain blinded by a PM who is yet to demonstrate any significant policy incisiveness. Rhetoric does buy votes, even to this day.
The right plan for PSUs
Apropos of the edit “Welcome new PSU plan” (November 7), the PSU revival plan is a step in the right direction. India adopted a mixed economic development model, partially based on the Soviet model of central planning and resource mobilisation. Various sectors were identified for governmental intervention and dominance and also for total control in some of the sectors. Public sector was a panacea, at that time, for mass poverty, inequality, regional imbalance, unemployment and national and social security. The idea of state ownership collapsed even in the countries from where they emanated like the Soviet Union. The Central government has equity in around 240 PSUs, 27 banks and 2 insurance companies. But at the level of the states, where there are around 1,000 PSUs, the situation is even more dire. Most state PSUs are bankrupt. We should learn from the privatisation of the British Airway how to address the issue of Air India in proper perspective.
A good idea
The idea of making crash tests mandatory for cars is good and is a step in the right direction. It is shocking to note that the road accidents involving the cars are on the rise now. Against this backdrop, the mandatory crash tests will go a long way in securing the lives of the occupants. After all, only those cars which are deemed safe in a crash test will be allowed on the roads.
P Senthil Saravana Durai
Gaming serious business
Gaming is becoming serious business the world over. And with games and an explosion in comic book culture, other buisnesses have sprung up, from game-themed merchandise to cosplay stores. In India, though we have rich mythologies and history for feed ideas for games and comic books, there is little enthusiasm. Gaming is a very serious segment of the entertainment sector.
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai