Dear Editor, It was in the 1990s, at the nudge of the IMF, that the Indian economy was opened up. Now again, by not joining the RCEP, we are – in the name of protecting our indigenous products – letting go off a huge market and capital inflow. We need to strengthen our industry, dairy sector, etc., rather than work towards ‘protecting it’. Reforms need to be made, so as to make Indian goods capable of competing in foreign market. Healthy competition is sine qua non for growth. Not being a part of the bloc is not an end in itself, but should be the beginning of a journey of improving ourselves. Kirti Sharma, Mohali.
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