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A caste-based census will divide society

With reference to the report Avoid caste in census, says Minister Maken (May 28), the Minister of State for Home Affairs must be congratulated for his ‘open letter’ to young MPs urging them to oppose the inclusion of caste in census.

india Updated: May 31, 2010 01:35 IST

Maken is right, a caste-based census will divide society

With reference to the report Avoid caste in census, says Minister Maken (May 28), the Minister of State for Home Affairs must be congratulated for his ‘open letter’ to young MPs urging them to oppose the inclusion of caste in census. For once, a politician has risen above votebank politics. A caste-based census will widen the existing divide among communities. Have we not learnt lessons from from the damage that the Mandal Commission report caused to our society? A caste-based census will be equally regressive. Let’s hope that the young MPs will heed to Maken’s advice and save our society from further disintegration.

G.K. Arora, Delhi

Don’t belittle our scriptures

I disagree with Preeti Singh’s view that our scriptures promote more violence than videogames do (Epic Mismatch, May 28). It’s true that times have changed and our children are growing up faster than us. It’s also true that our scriptures have many instances of violence and promiscuity. But that is no reason for either taking up atheism or videogames. Scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana are informative and teach values that help children to differentiate between right and wrong.

Ayush Jaiwal, Rohtak

Chidambaram must resign

The recent Maoist attack on the Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Express confirms that Home Minister P. Chidambaram has failed to perform his duties. It’s high time that the minister takes the moral responsibility for the Maoist attacks and tenders his resignation. His inability to gauge the seriousness of the problem has led to the death of many innocents. The situation demands a more efficient and level-headed home minister.

Mithun Chakravarty, via email

II

With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s open letter to the prime minister (Manmohanji, sir..., Beyond The Byte, May 28), the government can’t defeat the Naxals with its present, flawed strategy. It’s one thing to provide equipment and resources to our security personnel and quite another to motivate them to win the war. Various human rights activists, who support the Naxals, make our personnel look like villains. We can perhaps learn a few lessons from the US’s defeat at the hands of Viet Cong in the late-60s. The superior power lost primarily because the Americans did not back their armed forces.

V.K. Ghai, Lucknow

Act before it’s too late

With reference to the editorial, Darjeeling on the boil (Our Take, May 28), the assassination of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) leader Madan Tamang is shocking to say the least. It shows that law and order is absent in Darjeeling. The ABGL’s political rival, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, will try to make the most out of Tamang’s killing and its members will try to further their political interest in the state. To prevent chaos from spreading, President’s rule should be imposed in Darjeeling and Tamang’s killers should be brought to justice at the earliest.

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

Phase out Bluelines too

The editorial Peddle a silly idea (The Pundit, May 28) hit the nail on the head. If the Delhi government really wants to make the city visually appeasing, then it should phase out Blueline buses. But it cannot take that step because of the vested interest of many members in the state government. The government’s apathy towards the poor rickshaw pullers, who will be out of job once electric rickshaws hit the road, is appalling.

Manjul Singh, Delhi