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By the book

With reference to the editorial Not going by the book(Sept 12), I agree that the Constitution is what governs the country.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2007 23:29 IST

By the book

With reference to the editorial Not going by the book (September 12), I agree that the Constitution is what governs the country. Texts of ‘divinity’, like the Bhagwad Gita, are necessary to build the national character of those who have to govern the country. The Gita should not really be considered a Hindu religious book.

Charti Lal Goel,
Delhi

II

Justice Srivastava’s remarks about the Bhagwad Gita are uncalled for. India is a country where different communities live in harmony and respect each other’s religion and religious books. Judges are said to be the guardians of the Constitution and judgments pronounced by various courts are testimony to this. We hope the court will consider this judgment on its merits if it is challenged.

SM Afzal Qadri
via e-mail

III

Indians consider the Bhagwad Gita as a holy scripture and respect it. Now Justice Srivastava wants that
it be made the ‘rashtriya dharam shastra’ of the country. Several legal and religious luminaries have differed with the opinion of Justice Srivastava and termed it an uncalled for observation which should be ignored.

Shariq Alavi,
Lucknow

Pay the damages

Apropos of the report Sting backfires (September 7), while sting operations have value in terms of making the public aware of the truth, it is not always motivated by noble intentions. The journalists and the channels responsible for framing the schoolteacher should be severely punished. The channel owners and editors must pay her damages.

Prashant Solomon,
Delhi

II

Would human rights activists and feminists tell us what compensation will ever be enough for the loss of prestige for the teacher who has been pilloried in public? These reporters and channels exploited her for cheap publicity under the garb of freedom of the press.

DP Bhandari,
via e-mail

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