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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 04, 2012
First Published: 21:57 IST(4/12/2012)
Last Updated: 22:00 IST(4/12/2012)

Some netas can't handle criticism. So they are misusing the IT Act
The editorial It must not do more damage (Our Take, December 3) rightly states that the State should amend the Information Technology (IT) Act to ensure that it's not misused. It seems that some of our politicians don't have any stomach for criticism. That's why they are misusing the Act to settle scores with people who don't approve of their working style. Section 66A of the IT Act goes against our right to freedom of speech. It must be scrapped immediately.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar

Don't link security with politics
I disagree with David Devadas's views in his article Stick to the core values (December 3) and believe that Afzal Guru deserves the death penalty. He is guilty of attacking Parliament House, a crime that is almost as grave as the one committed by Ajmal Kasab. Devadas's arguments on why Guru should not be hanged are unconvincing. National security and our legal system cannot be sacrificed for political gains. The Congress should not link the Afzal Guru case with the party's future in the Valley. Hanging Guru is important to send out a message to the world that India does not - and will not - tolerate terror on its soil.
SD Sahay, Delhi

II
I agree with Devadas that Guru's death sentence may lead to riots in Kashmir and prove detrimental to the Congress' political interest in the region. Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who wasted no time in taking the credit for Kasab's hanging, is surprisingly quiet on Guru's death penalty. This suggests that the government is aware that hanging Guru would do more harm than good to the country and the party in the long run.
Anil R Torne, via email


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