Welcome verdict

Sir, — A 15-month impasse has ended after the Supreme Court halted the divestment of the oil giants HPCL and BPCL. This is a welcome verdict as a lot of thinking is needed before divestment is considered in the strategic energy sector. The Disinvestment Minister, Arun Shourie, should instead make efforts to divest the `white elephants' under the Central Government's control.

V.V. Siva Rama Krishna Rao, Visakhapatnam, A.P.

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Sir, — The major companies in the core sector should not be disinvested. India should not follow blindly the western system.

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi

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