A dark horse in the presidential race

A dark horse in the presidential race
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First Published: Tue, May 08 2007. 12 09 AM IST
Updated: Tue, May 08 2007. 12 09 AM IST
It is sad to see that the mainstream media has become an advertising firm that canvasses only for Kalam, Bachchan, and Murthy as the possible next President of India. I suspect these three are media creations, as journalists probably think there is a dearth of talent in India. Thakur Sher Singh would make a better president than these worthy men. The media has, for reasons unknown, chosen not to inform readers about candidates such as Thakur Sher Singh and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in detail—there seems to be a bias against these two. This has reduced an otherwise fair mainstream media to a firm of messrs Kalam, Bachchan and Murthy. Watch out, Thakur Sher Singh will turn out to be the proverbial dark horse in the presidential race.
—Ashwani Tanwar
This is in reference to the write-up titled ‘Supply crunch,’ Mint, 2 May. I personally feel that ‘emulate’ is not an apt word. India and China may be compared well in terms of the two fastest-growing economies of the world, but as far as the actuals are concerned, China has the government in the driver’s seat, whereas India is pushing the government to sit in the driver’s seat!
India has bigger private enterprise participation than China. Now, as far as the infrastructure goes, I feel all our problems will be solved if the Indian government steers this ‘titanic’ boat in the right direction! It’s not the Indian economy which is not able to absorb the extra money, it’s the government which manages the economy which is not capable of handling this growth. The Indian economy is largely powered by private enterprises and they are performing just fine. If the government departments, among themselves, are able to use the money to fuel focused growth, we have a sunny future ahead.
We cannot emulate China, we can do much better!
— Devika Dayal Rai
This refers to the Quick Edit, ‘An unfair imposition’, Mint, 3 May, and the story, ‘Mounting losses squeeze Air Deccan’ on 5-6 May.
I’m afraid Mint has swiftly taken up cudgels on behalf of Air Deccan without investigating its bogus contention that not having seat numbers “reduced seating time by up to 40-45%” and had a beneficial impact on turnaround time.
Air Deccan boarding procedures are chaotic, with passengers jostling in long queues in the departure hall, indulging in a mad scramble for the bus or gate (even sprinting across the tarmac at smaller airports) when the flight is announced and then milling about in confusion on board trying to find “good” seats or trying not to be separated from family or colleagues. Any perceived time gain in this dash to the aircraft is quickly lost in the chaos that prevails on board.
Air Deccan should realize that the additional costs or time spent in issuing seat numbers will be negligible. Most passengers book their tickets on the Net anyway, so reserving a seat is just another simple step, one that is followed by other low-cost airlines such as Spice and Indigo.
Else, Air Deccan’s ground staff can just as easily manually enter the seat numbers on each boarding card by keeping a seat map in front of them.
This will hardly take a few seconds and will be in line with the airline’s beloved first come, first served credo.
Air Deccan’s contention that not issuing seat numbers is an international low-cost airline practice doesn’t wash, because conditions can differ (as our penchant to push and shove our way shows).
But I agree that the ministry of civil aviation or DGCA shouldn’t have to get into this level of micro management. Unfortunately, companies such as Air Deccan will continue to invite such intrusion because of their own lack of common sense.
— Mohan Bhuyan
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