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Govt’s flip-flop over Kohinoor controversy

Citizens are truly amused at the government’s flip-flop over Kohinoor controversy and EPF withdrawal both hitting national headlines. Only a day back the government had told the Supreme Court that they don’t want the Kohinoor back from England as it was a gift to that nation as a send off gift but realizing the backlash it might create among Indians who were anticipating its return over several decades now, the government backtracks and now says it will make all-out efforts to get the gem-Jewel back to our shores.

The same can be said about EPF withdrawal rules which were made strict but now withdrawn after protests from trade unions and people affected. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a steady agenda for the nation to drive forward, it seems his advisors do not have a firm head over their shoulders and such infirm decisions which change at people’s whims and fancies not only sends wrong signals to the international community but not good for governance as well, if dominated by public preference and diktats.

The government should do what is right and correct in the nation’s interest and not bother about public sentiments. Medicines at times can be sour to taste but we need to take them all the same to improve our health and the same holds good for a country where some firm tough decisions have to be taken in national interest. Hope this is a learning experience for the Modi government and they would do their homework in future before taking important decisions so that they don’t have to retract them at a later date!

S.N. Kabra

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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