Pankaj Vohra in BJP is losing the plot (April 30) has put together all sorts of irrelevant pieces of information to bolster his story against the BJP. In fact, Narendra Modi has no connection with Babubhai Katara. Modi has been elected in the best tradition of democratic principles. It is a healthy sign of democratic functioning if there are differences among BJP leaders on various issues. Everybody knows Gujarat is one of the best-governed states. Modi has given people a government free of nepotism and corruption.
Pankaj Vohra has tried to paint Gujaratis in a communal light because they have resisted efforts to convert Gujarat into another Kashmir. Shedding crocodile tears for a terrorist shows that even after so many defeats, the Congress has not been able to highlight the real issues. The Congress is testing the waters for the coming assembly polls by spreading such canards.
Take a decision
The editorial Death has no dominion (April 30) has rightly opposed the European Union’s (EU) query to the Indian President on Mohammed Afzal’s clemency plea. The EU’s poser is unwarranted though the matter may kick up a debate on the need to abolish capital punishment. Capital punishment is inflicted by the courts only in the rarest of the rare cases. The delay in coming to a decision on Afzal’s clemency plea will muddy the waters.
Caste in stone
Dipankar Gupta in Looking backwards (April 26) rightly says that the caste determination goes against our democracy. Efforts should be made to make people understand that the varna order among Hindus was not based on birth. During British rule, there were several steps taken aimed at social reform and many practices like sati and dowry were discouraged.
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