Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s article House warming parties (July 26), it is not so surprising that she has declared her admiration for Omar Abdullah’s speech on the day of the trust vote. A section of the media routinely turns a blind eye to the double-speak of Kashmiri politicians. What is
shocking is that civil society has chosen to overlook Omar Abdullah’s war cry that the land for pilgrims would be handed over to the Amarnath Shrine Board over his dead body, implying that the Valley belonged to the followers of a particular faith only.
Lalit Ambardar, Delhi
Five judges of the Supreme Court in the P.V. Narasimha Rao vs CBI case had declared that the Constitution prohibits the courts from proceeding against any MP or MLA who speaks out in Parliament or the legislative assembly after accepting a bribe. If after accepting bribe, the said MP or MLA refrains from voting or speaking in Parliament or the assembly the courts try him/her under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Would the BJP MPs involved in the bribery case take shelter behind this judgement?
JASKIRAN BANGA, Mohali
Making people see red
With reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Collateral damage (July 31), let us stop the blame game and combat the problem of terrorism together. In such times, politicians should refrain from politicising the situation and provide security, safety and peace to citizens.
Sonam Singh, via email
Sitaram Yechury has used his article to direct barbs at his avowed enemies, the BJP and the US. He has branded the RSS as a terrorist outfit by saying that the country lost a Mahatma to terrorist bullets. There are many forms of terrorism, but don’t we have a new brand of terrorism in the powerful politburo of a party which throws out its best parliamentarian, Somnath Chatterjee?
R.P. MALEYVAR, via email
Don’t dilute the IIT advantage
Apropos of the report IITs open exam process to students (July 31), while this is a welcome change, it brings into focus other issues like revamping the JEE to include non-academic skills of future technocrats and dividing the courses into subsets to help increase the intake capacity without diluting the IIT edge. IITians are india’s best exports in terms of human resource. Let partisan issues not dim their glory.
Shlok Vaidya, via email
Is anyone listening to India?
Afghanistan’s criticism of Pakistan for supporting the Taliban near the Durand Line is an important development in India’s favour. Barack Obama has accused Pakistan of supporting the mujahideen in Kashmir. The US
Under-Secretary of State, Richard Boucher, has also asked Pakistan to come down hard on terrorists operating from its soil. India has always sought to expose the hub of terrorist activities in its neighbourhood. The least the international community can do is to give due attention to India’s concerns.
Ashwani Sharma, Ghaziabad
No bars on cars
With reference to N. Chandra Mohan’s article Why doesn’t Tata want to flag down a Nano? (July 30), the Tatas want to fulfil the dream of 60 million two-wheeler riders who want to buy a car. Then why can’t they fulfil the dream of auto-wallahs to own a taxi one day? It really doesn’t matter for a car-maker whether individuals or commercial operators use their models. When brands like Mercedes, Toyota or even Indica can be used as taxis, why can’t Nano go the same way?
Nitin Chaudhary, Mohali