Apropos of the editorial Run, bunny, run (The Pundit, March 31), Playboy magazine has always been a cynosure of male fantasies. Its plans for entering the Indian market, officially, shows that our markets — which have long been dominated by women-centric magazines — promise potential for a product solely for men. But I believe that the brand image associated with the product will hamper its growth in a market like India. The magazine might find its dedicated readership only after it manages to bear and surpass various protests by our fundamentalists.
Kulbhushan Sharma, Delhi
Let the law take its course
Apropos of the editorial Defending our justice system (Our Take, April 1), what message are a bunch of hoodlums sending to other nations by demonstrating against our constitutional provisions? On the one hand, we boast of how different and powerful our democracy is from that of other countries like Pakistan. But the reality is that even across the border, there are people ready to challenge their own establishment for a Hindu called Sarabjit. But, when it comes to Kasab, religion seems to have taken precedence over justice. We have to give him an opportunity to present his side of the story. Whether it is right or wrong is for the State to decide.
RL Raichandani, Delhi
It is true that the real test of our vibrant and strong democracy lies in providing a defence lawyer to Kasab. Thus, it is necessary that strict action be taken against Shiv Sena supporters who tried to threaten Anjali Waghmare for agreeing to represent Kasab in court. A protest of this kind puts a question mark on the democratic nature of our nation. Every human being has a right to seek justice. Kasab, too, is no different.
Robi Shom, via email
Separating wheat from chaff
I do not agree with Brahma Chellaney’s views in Fobbing off the burden (March 31) where he condemns Barack Obama’s new Af-Pak policy. There is a noticeable change in the US’s attitude towards West Asia. Obama, unlike his predecessors, has recognised that Pakistan is the seedbed of terrorism in the region. The need of the hour is to ensure that Pakistan grows and Afghanistan moves towards stability, just as the Obama administration has stated. The reason this is being condemned is because it is hard for Indians to acknowledge anything that is even remotely in favour of Pakistan.
AM Devendranath, Delhi
It is ironic but despite all the evidence that proves Pakistan guilty of spreading terrorism, the US is hell-bent on assisting it in all possible ways. In lieu of eliminating the terror-mongers from that area, the US is actually helping them grow. This will directly translate into more terrorist attacks in India and the neighbourhood. The Obama administration should at least consider India’s protests against its Af-Pak policy if it truly desires to restore peace in South Asia.
Tarun Madan, Chandigarh
Pakistan under attack
The editorial Terror turns on Pakistan (Our Take, March 31) rightly pointed out that Pakistan’s monster has turned against its creator. For years, Pakistan has assisted terrorist outfits in ruining peace in Kashmir. But now militants have shown their true colours. For them, the region does not matter anymore. All they want to do is disrupt peace by killing innocents.
Abhay Ajit Singh, Hyderabad
Politics and sports don’t mix
With reference to Ashok Malik’s article Bat and ball in the belfry (April 1), it is true that Twenty20 (T20) cricket is a new game in itself. T20 is the next level of the game with new rules, and goes well with the busy lifestyles of people today. However, blowing up small issues like the tiff between Sourav Ganguly and John Buchanan, or organising the tournament around the general elections, is neither justified nor required. Let us not mix politics with sports.
Dagar Katyal, Chandigarh