Letters to the editor Poverty: the collateral damage

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Aug 29 2008, 06:01am hrs
The World Banks estimates on global property (Growth matters, Aug 28), which say that India is home to almost one-third of all poor people in the world, make for disturbing reading. It needs to be debated whether economic reforms started in 1991 have really reduced or increased the gap between the rich and poor. There is no denying the fact that a class of super-rich is one of the contributions of economic reforms. More and more people from the lower rungs need to become the beneficiaries of the growth story. In other words, the emphasis should be on inclusive growth.

N Vijayagopalan, Bangalore

Lip-synching act

Bill Clintons speech, stirring, of course, at the DNC in Denver made one wonder whether he was lip-synching like the Chinese girl or speaking straight from the heart in support of Obama.

J Anand Menon, Kochi