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Cotton and onions

The editorial “Our cotton, their onions (Jan. 13)” made interesting reading. The floods in Pakistan have affected the cotton crops there, dealing a blow to its fragile economy. Unseasonal rains have affected the onion crops in India. India has cotton and Pakistan has more than enough of onions at its disposal. If both countries can shed their bitterness and agree to cooperate, they will be mutually benefited.

A beginning in the direction will pave the way for a paradigm shift in India-Pakistan relations

Johny Zacharia,

Alappuzha

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A shortage of cotton for Pakistan's textile and yarn industry and a shortage of onions and an unprecedented price due to the unseasonal rains in India provide an opportunity for both countries to cooperate in alleviating each other's misery. Let onions and cotton smoothen the path of diplomacy.

K.J. Kurian,

Idukki

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The UPA government's frantic effort to bring down the price of onion, leaving unchecked the soaring prices of all other essential commodities, is akin to straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. The steep variance in the prices of rice, wheat, sugar, pulses, etc., sold in the PDS and the open market is quite surprising.

With corruption becoming a common phenomenon and globalised economy leading to the circulation of high denomination currency, the market economy can be controlled only through maximised production and efficient maintenance of supply.

B. Gurumurthy,

Madurai

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