Letters to the editor: The last laugh

Dec 09 2013, 05:52 IST
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SummaryBut such popularity and, more importantly, such a handsome win would...

Apropos of the column “AAP ki adalat” (FE, November 25), for a “party” conjured out of Brand Anna Hazare and urban Sunday movements, the AAP has done well. Given that Delhi, a mere overgrown urban megalith having false pretences to being a state, a fledgling AAP did manage to position itself as a “party” of substance – and this for proved in the Delhi Assembly elections. But such popularity and, more importantly, such a handsome win would never have been possible in a regular state as it has neither the resources nor an assiduously built up cadre to be of reckoning, for larger spreads. With many of the founders washing their hands off on a near daily basis, the AAP opted for fireworks display with its limited stock of the anti-corruption sulphur. Although in the run-up to the elections some of those rockets did seem to misfire in the AAP’s own backyard, but with the win in Delhi—and for decades people will not forget Arvind Kejriwal sweeping Sheila Dikshit right out of her constituency in Delhi—the stage is wide open for the AAP. It seems, Arvind Kejriwal, is the one who is going to have the last laugh.

R Narayanan, Ghaziabad

Why slash commission

Apropos of the recent editorial “Insuring insurance”, we fully agree with the fact that insurance is, at the end of the day, essentially a push-product and slashing commission to agents further will hurt insurance industry immensely. In fact, it has been proved that bancassurance has so far penetrated little into this segment. It is the agents who procure business with the sweat of their brows. Rather, the role of agency managers or development officers is questionable. And by trimming their services, the insurers can enhance commission to agents, to motivate them to accelerate volume of business. These poor fellows neither have facilities enjoyed by employees nor are treated with human touch. Especially in private insurance companies, they are to work under tremendous work pressure to achieve stiff targets, and sometimes even sacked on simplest pretexts.

Debabrata Sengupta,

Howrah, West Bengal

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