Apropos of Paramita Ghosh’s article Baba Brand Dev (360°, July 12), while it is a matter of pride that Baba Ramdev has revolutionised yoga and has inspired millions across the globe to lead a healthy lifestyle, his remarks on homosexuality are appalling. He should remember that he isn’t a religious guru. He shouldn’t try to impose his view, that homosexuality is a mental illness, on others. There are people who feel yoga is a waste of time. Should they also ask the courts to criminalise yoga?
Vinay Kumar Gupta, via email
Though I believe that the underlying principle behind marriage is procreation and inheritance, which cannot be fulfilled by homosexuality, I disagree with the argument that Baba Ramdev’s opposition of gays is an attempt to increase his mass base. He, through yoga, has made people health conscious, which is why he is so popular today. And even if this is his way of marketing himself, I do not see any harm in it. After all, don’t newspapers too depend on good marketing for sustenance?
Avina, via email
The dishonesty of liberals
Hats off to Vir Sanghvi for highlighting the contradictions in our so-called liberal society, in The curious case of Indian liberals (Counterpoint, July 12). It is a clear case of, to borrow from George Orwell’s book 1984, ‘double think’ and ‘double speak’. A lack of perception highlights the intellectual dishonesty of our liberals. Their double standards have stirred many controversies in our society, which have hampered national progress. The Indian liberals should realise that clashes between social groups occur primarily due to their narrow-mindedness.
BP Nailwal, Dehradun
It’s the taxpayers’ money, Madam CM
This has reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article It’s the bag, stupid (Loose Canon, July 12). By erecting statues of herself and her mentors, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is trying to position herself at a par with our freedom fighters and revolutionaries. Her actions are aimed at consolidating her votebank for the 2011 Assembly elections. If she is really concerned about the welfare of the people of UP, she should stop squandering their money on erecting statues. This narcissistic approach will take her nowhere. It will only displease the voters and jeopardise the chances of her returning to power.
Akshay Dadhwal Sunhet, Kangra
Manas Chakravarty should read the history of Uttar Pradesh — especially Dalit history — before commenting on Mayawati. His article smacks of casteism. Why are people like him against statues? Why doesn’t he comment on Rajghat, that has a huge park? What about the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia, Subhash Chandra Bose and the big parks constructed by the Congress and BJP? It seems it’s only a problem when excluded groups get into the act.
Chunnu Prasad, Delhi
The handbag in Mayawati’s statues symbolises all the hard-earned money of the taxpayers that she likes to keep close to herself. Had this money been given to anyone else, it would have been wasted on building schools, hospitals, providing basic amenities to the masses and in other unnecessary projects. By keeping it safely with her, Mayawati has ensured that it is judiciously spent on erecting statues, which ensure that people don’t forget their leaders.
Swayam Thakur, Delhi
Gracious in defeat, gracious in victory
This is with reference to Karan Thapar’s article Fate and Federer (Sunday Sentiments, July 12). If we analyse the statistics of the Wimbledon final, the data shows that, despite losing the match, Andy Roddick played better than Roger Federer. But as fate would have it, Federer went on to grab his 15th Grand Slam title and become the greatest tennis player ever. The argument that our cricketers should take a few lessons from tennis stars like Federer, both in grace and sportsmanship, is perhaps not too far off the mark.
Bal Govind, Noida