Congress’s support for Sena’s hate-mongering is worrying
Samar Halarnkar in Who’s your daddy? (Maha Bharat, October 21) is right in stating that the ruling Congress has given a long rope to the Shiv Sena’s hooliganism. While not openly supporting or condemning the Sena, the reaction of the government is suspect. By supporting the decision to ban Rohinton Mistry’s book Such A Long Journey, the Congress has indirectly helped one more generation of the hate-mongering Sena to flourish. This support may benefit it in the short-term but will surely be disastrous for the government in the long run.
Sachin Kumar, via email
The antics adopted by the Shiv Sena from time to time belittle those personalities who try to preserve ethical standards in the country. Such deeds by political parties and politicians are embarrassing. I think both Aditya Thackeray and Ashok Chavan should create their own identity first before they start imposing restrictions on others.
Niyati Sauriyal, via email
Probe hurting India’s image
The report Games OC wasteful, broke rules: CAG (October 21) is an adverse reflection on governance in this country. The post-Games inquiry into the corruption is damaging India’s image. Our sportspersons have done the country proud by winning 101 medals. The government should provide them with proper training facilities so that they can excel in the Olympics as well. For corruption and mismanagement in the Commonwealth Games, both the central and Delhi governments are accountable.
A.L. Agarwal, Delhi
Formula for more trouble
This refers to the report Shoe hurled at Geelani, 70 detained (October 22). I think Kashmiri Pandits are the only community in India to have been hounded out of their homes by Islamic jihadis. They have a right to protest against a meeting of secessionists. It is unfortunate that hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has rejected the eight-point formula and the interlocutors appointed by the prime minister and keeps emphasising his five-point formula, which if accepted will create more trouble in the Valley.
Manish Garg, Noida
Stop appeasing the separatists
With reference to the report Two Jaish militants killed in fierce Kashmir gunbattle (October 23), the intrusion by militants in Kashmir is an indication of how the situation will deteriorate if the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act is done away with. Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to seize territory in Kashmir. Our policy-makers must fathom the severity of the situation and stop appeasing the separatists unless they want to lose Kashmir forever.
Shivam Swami, via email
An inappropriate comparison
The report Touchy similarity: Rahul likened to JP (October 22) shows the ludicrous exaggeration by Congress spokesman Mohan Prakash in comparing Rahul Gandhi with Jayaprakash Narayan. Rahul has neither the political maturity nor the stature that JP had. Following JP’s ideals is quite different from gaining his stature.
S.D. Sahay, Delhi
Starved of compassion
With reference to Grain rot deeper than govt claim: SC (October 19), allowing millions of tonnes of foodgrain, procured at heavy cost to the State exchequer to rot, while millions starve in the country is nothing but inhuman. The prime minister owes a public apology to the nation on the emotive issue of the food crisis and grain drain.
Rajender Goyal, Delhi