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A picture imperfect approach

Apropos of the editorial India framed (The Pundit, April 3), it is interesting to see that instead of focusing on other important matters, the Election Commission is busy giving directions on the portraits and pictures of our freedom fighters.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 21:08 IST

A picture imperfect approach
Apropos of the editorial India framed (The Pundit, April 3), it is interesting to see that instead of focusing on other important matters, the Election Commission is busy giving directions on the portraits and pictures of our freedom fighters. What it forgets is that be it Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Bose or Rabindranath Tagore, they all stand for an individual’s selfless contribution towards bettering society. They were all incorruptible men of principles. We should try and imbibe such values from them instead of fighting over whose portrait should be allowed in offices.
Anupam Basu, Dehradun

Defence is no offence
With reference to the editorial Defending our justice system (Our Take, April 1), providing a defence lawyer to Ajmal Kasab is by no means unconstitutional and, therefore, should not be condemned by anyone. It is now up to the judicial system to review whether he is guilty of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks or not innocent. Those who wish to protest against Anjali Waghmare’s decision to defend Kasab in court should do it peacefully, without harming anyone. They have no right to forcibly impose their ideology on others.
Siddharth Guha, Delhi

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The attack on Anjali Waghmare reflects how our political parties are always ready to make a mountain out of a molehill. As far as fighting for Kasab in court, it is Waghmare’s personal choice and the decision is constitutional. The Shiv Sena, by creating an impediment in the process is only delaying the matter. All it wants to do is show its muscle power and create fear in people’s minds. This, certainly, is unconstitutional and should be checked.
Sneha Kothawade, via email

Ideological bankruptcy
Suhit Sen in Ballot bailout (April 2) rightly pointed out that due to populist promises and ineffective strategies, the Congress and the BJP have lost the trust of the people. And for a party to come to power, the mandate should be to alleviate poverty, especially at the margins. Both the national parties don’t have any effective strategy and it is commonly felt that the Fourth Front alliance, LJP-RJD-SP, will have a major role to play in alleviating poverty.
Abhijeet Shekhar, via email

A blinkered worldview
With reference to Ramachandra Guha’s article Blowing in the whirlwind (History Matters, April 2), it is true that the formation of Pakistan on the basis of the two-nation theory was in itself a big mistake. In modern times, it is impossible for a State to function on the basis of a particular religion and culture and remain isolated from the rest of the world. Also, if a nation cannot be at peace with its neighbour, how can one expect other countries to put their trust in it?
MK Barua, Delhi

A democracy for all
I agree with Naveen Jindal’s views in Pushing the envelope (April 3) that for our democracy to be more inclusive, we must think of those who cannot cast their vote due to various reasons. The postal ballot system will allow many people to exercise their fundamental right to vote and be part of a national event. But, what is more important than implementing such a system is to ensure that it is accompanied by proper checks and balances. Only then will we be able to avoid any kind of discrepancy in the process.
K Venkataraman, Delhi

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It was interesting to read that the largest democracy in the world does not have the provision of postal ballot, unlike many smaller nations. We must implement this system in order to make our voting process more flexible. Although it might be tough to initiate such a process in the upcoming elections, the Election Commission can certainly think about the viability of a postal ballot system for the next general elections.
Jai Prakhash, Mumbai