Tied Down Economy (cover story, February 20) utilised sound data to highlight the India Slowing story. It prescribed correct directions to concretise ongoing initiatives so we don't veer away from the growth path. The editor's analysis correctly pointed out that monetary policy is a blunt instrument to tackle inflation. All in all, a satisfying package.
B. Rajasekaran, via e-mail
The levy of multiple taxes at high rates is stoking inflation (The Inflation Conundrum, February 20). Without doubt, a sizeable portion of the selling price of any commodity consists of taxes. The Centre has recently taken long-term measures to rein in inflation. But strict implementation of these measures is the only way inflation can be checked.
Mahesh Kumar, via e-mail
This refers to mobile number portability (Operator Agnostic, February 20). While number portability offers protection against shoddy services by mobile operators, it does not provide any reprieve from unsolicited calls and SMSes from marketers, a major reason for frequent mobile number changes by subscribers. So far, efforts by the telecom regulator to check this menace have failed. Now, service providers who are looking to retain subscribers or win new ones must act against this nuisance by allowing automatic deletion of such calls and SMSes from their servers. Surely, customers will give preference to such a service over lower tariffs.
Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi
Your cover story Best Companies to Work For (February 6) talks about employees seeing themselves as brands, making hard choices and seeking worklife integration, among other things. If the companies want to achieve best employee relations, this study should serve as the best guideline. After all, it is in the interest of companies to create a conducive atmosphere and increase productivity.
Jacob Sahayam, Thiruvananthapuram