Bal Thackeray’s political ideology was shaped by circumstances
Rajdeep Sardesai in his article A polarising figure (Beyond The Bite, November 30) calls the late Bal Thackeray a “dangerously clever man” because he indulged in divisive politics and got away with it too. The
truth is that Thackeray’s style of politics was shaped by the circumstances prevailing in Bombay during the 90s. It was necessary for the Shiv Sena to consolidate a section of society on which the party depended for votes. But we must realise that Thackeray the politician had nothing in common with Thackeray the individual, who did not shy away from saying it like it is.
-Vijay Kumar, via email
They need closure too
David Devadas’s argument in favour of not executing the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru is misplaced (Stick to the core values, December 3). It is true that various political parties have drawn political mileage out of the case but this does not mean that the demand for Guru’s hanging is unfair. Not only will his execution send a strong message to terrorists, it will bring a sense of closure to the families of the victims who died in the attack.
-Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Section 66 A must be repealed
This refers to the editorial It must not do more damage (Our Take, December 3). Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, states that posting online messages that are “annoying or inconvenience” is a punishable act. This curtails people’s freedom to express their opinions freely, which is a violation of their fundamental right of freedom of expression. That’s why the IT Act should be amended and Section 66A must be repealed.
-Agam Dhingra, Delhi
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