Rahul as new Cong chief
Apropos of the report, “At CWC, Congress sets stage for Rahul to take over from mother” (FE, November 8), the unanimous manner in which the Congress party now wishes to hand over the reigns of the party to its vice-president Rahul Gandhi speaks volume about the fact that the party is devoid of a worthy leader—and it has no option other than of course choosing a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, who could hopefully change its fate for the better at the national level. It is ironical that the party continues to bank so heavily upon Rahul even though there have been reports of him being inaccessible and away from reality (being a political novice), apart from his abject failure to galvanise youth or transform it into votes. But who will bell the cat? Let us not deliberate and debate upon Rahul Gandhi’s political track-record as facts always speak for themselves. Even his own self-assessment would amply prove that his score has been average as there have been no creditable achievements attributable to him. It is a different matter that he still continues to be under some self-imagined and false impression that he has now turned himself into a national political leader by repeatedly riding on the back of a few emotive issues/slogans. No wonder then that he is seldom taken seriously in the national political circles, including within his own party. But if the 130-year-old national party is still eagerly waiting for his yes, then its political boat may sink much earlier than expected. We may also get to see Congress soon acquiring the status of a regional party.
SK Gupta, Delhi
Govt gets it right with GST slab
GST is seen as the greatest economic reform made in Independent India, one that will abolish the many central and state taxes on goods and services and bring the entire country under a unified tax regime. This will make things easy for business and even the general public. With the GST Council finalising the four-tier GST rates, another major hurdle in implementation of the GST from April 1, 2017 has been crossed. Zero tax on food grains and on about half of the other items which make the base for calculation of the CPI will check inflation while transferring a number of items which are now used by lower middle-class from the 28% category to the 18% category will provide relief. However, any increase in the service tax will hit the common man.
MC Joshi, Lucknow