The telco stand-off
With reference to “Trai notices to telcos soon” (FE, September 27), notwithstanding the ongoing the tussle between Reliance Jio and the incumbent operators over points of interconnection (PoIs), the ultimate sufferers continue to be the end-users. The FE report reveals that the current congestion level is as high as 96% in some circles as against the permissible limits of 0.5%, which truly sounds unbelievable. Sadly, the menace of call-drops continues. It would be naive to assume that the proposed issuance of show-cause notices to the errant telcos by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for their non-compliance of licensing conditions relating to PoIs would serve any real purpose. More so, when the government appointed regulator is criticised over levy of penalties on errant operators. So, what does its chairman really mean saying, “Let us hear their explanation, based on which we will take action”? What action is he was talking about—taking them to civil courts? One fails to comprehend the rationale behind the government’s abject failure in making errant telcos fall in line. Are they all holy cows that should not be touched? Should people eventually learn to live with this, accepting it as a fait accompli? Is this the real Make-in-India?
– Kumar Gupt
I confess myself bewildered by prime minister Narendra Modi’s enunciation of BJP’s position on Muslims not as “vote-banks”, but as “our own”. Coming from a leader, who openly proclaimed himself to be a proud “Hindu nationalist”, it does not carry much conviction. By his description of himself, Muslims and Christians must be proud Muslim nationalists and Christian nationalists, whatever such terms mean. The prime minister should recall how his party labeled Mulayam Singh Yadav as Maulana and how he made it a point to always say the former chief election commissioner’s full name—James Michael Lyngdoh—on purpose in his public addresses, knowing they would accentuate the religious fault-lines. It is hard to take at face value the ‘words of unity’ from someone who has used the ‘power of religion’ as a stepping stone to his political ascendancy. Modi recast himself as a ‘nationalist’ leader to play hardball politics and kill off political opposition. He could not have so easily forgotten how his party railed against former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that Muslims, whose living conditions are more or less like those of Dalits—despite the loads of ‘appeasement’ the Hindu right claims has been showered on them—should have the first right to the country’s resources. The demolition of Babri Masjid, the Gujarat pogrom and the denigration of Muslims lends no credence to the postulate peddled by Modi. Before seeking to identify himself with the religious minorities, the prime minister must repudiate the school of thought that justifies their treatment as second-class citizens on the ground that India is not their pitrbhoomi (fatherland) and punyabhoomi (holy land). If he indeed believes that Muslims are “our own”, the least he can do is to take the trouble to instruct the army to stop its atrocities in the Kashmir Valley.
– G David Milton
Maruthancode (Tamil Nadu)
Apropos of the edit “Sterlilisation divide” (FE, September 27), that women have to take on almost the entire burden of family planning is not a shocking fact. With patriarchal attitudes that should have not survived modernity, Indians are a bunch that thinks anything regarding sex and sexuality is the burden of the woman. This is why women, even in case of temporary contraception like condom usage, shoulder the entire burden of family planning.
– Sumona Pal, Kolkata