Letters to the editor

Mar 17 2014, 02:51 IST
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SummaryIt appears that the US is trying to put pressure on India's flourishing trade prospects in one way or the other.

Indo-US relations

It appears that the US is trying to put pressure on India's flourishing trade prospects in one way or the other. This should end for the benefit of both the countries. The IPR regime is one of them. But “two of America's major defence and civil aviation firms, Honeywell and Boeing have come out strongly in support of India's IPR regulations” (FE, March 14). It is welcome. India and the US being the world's largest free-market democracies need each other and should be more friendly with each other. In his “Why the US needs India” (FE, March 14), Ron Somers has clearly explained this, pointing out the huge trade growth between the two countries. And, rightly, President Obama has said “the partnership between the United States and India will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.” Sadly, India’s own policymakers failed to make these points in the international fora while they should have done this rather aggressively. India's new generation seeks better governance and growth. We hope US-India commercial and strategic partnership will get strengthened and significantly grow in the near future, especially after the elections 2014 see a change in government.

Jacob Sahayam


Cleansing Parliament

As you have so rightly pointed out in your editorial “Caesar's wife” (FE, March 12), hats off to the Supreme Court for coming out with the revolutionary verdict of immediate expulsion of tainted Parliamentarians and disposal of cases against MPs convicted in criminal cases within a year. While the Supreme Court's verdict will facilitate cleansing Parliament, it can also lead to transforming Indian democracy into a more vibrant and lively one. It is also disheartening to note that even in Rajva Sabha, there are many members who are alleged to have criminal records. As you rightly pointed out in your editorial, the Supreme Court's latest ruling plugs a big lacunae. And that India may finally get the politicians it deserves, not just those who have criminal cases against them but are too powerful to be kept out of politics. However, knowing how our polity subverts the laws it makes, it could also be possible that some route out of this bind will be found by

our lawmakers.

Debabrata Sengupta


Special purpose vehicle

The idea of incorporating the provision of section 135 under the Companies Act 2013 was to involve corporates by shouldering the responsibility in taking part the social activity as they draw many services

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