Vir Sanghvi's article And the bandhs play on (Counterpoint, August 31) is well-timed. Bandhs and roadblocks snatch way our fundamental right to earn a livelihood. No political party has the courage to bring about any legislation to ban these unlawful modes of political muscle power. People should abstain from bandh calls and boycott those political parties who indulge in such protests.
Suresh Khosla, Panchkula
All the right-thinking Indians should compliment the West Bengal Chief Minister for speaking up against bandhs. Though snubbed by the CPI(M) politburo, leaders from other political parties should join him in this protest. Though the right to strike by working class is legitimate to resolve their genuine demands, frequent bandhs, rasta rokos, chakha jams etc are anti-social.
Natarajan Nagarajan, via email
Vir Sanghvi has rightly pointed out that Indians are paying the price for the irresponsibility and muscle power of our politicians. But Sanghvi has not offered any solution to the problem. Sometimes these bandhs and jams take precious lives. Though political bandhs are not less than criminal acts, who will penalise those sponsoring these?
Tarlok Singh Bhatia, via email
Karan Thapar, in Who’s the real Hindu? (Sunday Sentiments, August 31), has rightly denounced the VHP for the Orissa riots and personally requested the CM to act. But Thapar doesn’t ponder over the root cause behind such riots. Unrestricted conversions of poor people changes many things, besides religion, that creates conflicts in small villages and towns.
Kumar Rahul, Mumbai
Karan Thapar has rightly taken up cudgels for the tribal Christians in Orissa who have been subjected to inhuman atrocities by the VHP and the Bajrang Dal. In a democracy like India, no one can be debarred from adopting or renouncing a particular religion. The self-styled champions of Hinduism have put the country to shame by desecrating churches and killing innocent caretakers of orphanages. It is time we started thinking beyond caste, colour and creed.
S. Sharma, Gurgaon
Unfortunately, we have forgotten the purpose of religion as conducive to a virtuous living. Instead, we have started possessing religion and reducing it to ‘your’ and ‘my’ faith. True faith is beyond reason, doubt and discrimination.
Nisha Bala Tyagi, Delhi