Our lawmakers must stop using tragedies to score political points
With reference to the editorial Restraint seems an alien concept (Our Take, April 18), Shakeel Ahmad’s remark after the Bangalore blast is representative of a politically opportunistic mindset that is interested more in mileage and less in reconciliation. Instead of helping those affected by the blast, politicians busy themselves with making irresponsible comments. With general elections around the corner, it is time our leaders understood the relevance of restraint.
Rajan Kalia, via email
No water to wash away his sins
Rajdeep Sardesai in his article An ‘Ajit’ joke falls flat (Beyond The Bite, April 19) rightly says that the efforts of the media are not enough to change a rotten system. With insensitive politicians like Ajit Pawar and Beni Prasad Verma still ruling the roost, that system appears to be beyond repair. News channels and newspapers might force these politicians to apologise, but even public humiliation doesn’t prove to be medicine enough for these regular offenders. Ajit Pawar has reportedly fasted for a day to atone for his sins. This was prudent because there isn’t enough water in Maharashtra to wash his sins away.
Gagandeep, via email
Incompetent at lip service too
The editorial Shooting from the lip (April 19) aptly highlights the fact that our lawmakers themselves have no respect for the State or its laws. Mayawati’s statement about the Samajwadi Party is just the tip of an iceberg. The platform had already been built by the likes of Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who seems to have discovered the true ‘terrorist’ identity of his former leader Mulayam Singh Yadav a little late in the day. With not much choice, a desperate electorate keeps voting in such politicians, only to suffer.
Anuj Sharma, via email