Say no to spectrum trading
Apropos of the column “Spectrum policy: Sharing’s fine, allow trading next” (September 4, FE), while the author does make the vaild point that India’s telecom sector needs more spectrum, trading is definitely not the way to go about it. More than anything else, such trading will only facilitate the greed of the corporates—more and more, spectrum will be bid for only to be traded. A national resource will be given to fatten corporate coffers. When the telcos bid for the spectrum with the so-called “outrageously high” bids, they were fully aware of the bid amounts. Unless they foresaw profits in the status quo scenario, they shouldn’t have made the bids in the mere hope that the government will change policy to suit their balance-sheets. There contention that they will be unable to rollout the networks amounts to sheer blackmail.
Sumona Pal, Kolkata
A perfect tribute
Renaming Aurangzeb Road in Delhi after former President APJ Abdul Kalam is a perfect tribute to a humane scientist who made India join the big league in exploring Space. Proudly referred to as “India’s Missile man”, Kalam, being truly Indian at heart, worked hard at devising indigenous ways to develop missile technology for Indian space research and succeeded in putting many Indian satellites into orbit. Floral tributes, remembrances may not stand the test of time, but a road stands in the living memory of all, reminding us of the contributions Kalam made.
R Prabhu Raj
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