With reference to Sudhanshu Ranjan’s article Another one slips through (February 5), the Hindu Marriage Act has been rendered ineffective in proscribing polygamy. It is disheartening to see that people are exploiting the liberty of religious conversion to fulfil their selfish need. Any conversion for such purposes loses its significance. Converting to Islam from Hinduism, for the purpose of marrying for the second time, like Chand Mohammed and Fiza did, makes one appear to have lost allegiance to both the religions. The need is for a strong uniform civil code.
Ashwani Sharma, via email
Making a mistake, again
The act of taking responsibility for the 1992 Babri Masjid incident by Kalyan Singh is a farcical attempt at increasing his votebank. Singh, in his capacity as the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, was duty-bound to protect the mosque when it came under attack. But now the former BJP leader is acting as if he alone opposed the demolition. His sudden volte-face on one of the country’s most shameful incidents is unfortunate. With the general elections around the corner, all opportunists are trying to better their reputation and befriend the masses. People should be wary of them.
P Saravana Durai, Hyderabad
The writing is on the wall
Apropos of the report Pak drags Bangladesh into 26/11 blame game (February 6), it is well-known that Pakistan has been using terror as State policy against India for decades. The 26/11 Mumbai attack is a culmination of that policy. India should at least now take this incontrovertible proof of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack. India, with the help of other nations, should work towards declaring Pakistan a terror-sponsoring nation. Also, we need to ensure that all aid to Pakistan is stopped at once. Until our erring neighbour isn’t made to realise its mistake, it will be difficult to eliminate terror from this part of the world.
A Paramesham, Hyderabad
Stop shortchanging guests
With reference to the editorial Change the welcome mat (Our Take, February 6), the Ministry for Tourism should consider that one of the ways to boost tourism in India is to remove the discrepancy in the price of entry tickets to historical monuments. For example, in Taj Mahal, while an Indian pays around Rs 20, a foreigner has to pay almost 35 times more for the same ticket. The authorities should keep in mind that not all tourists who come to India are rich. Most of them visit our land because they admire our history and culture. This discrimination, thus, disappoints them and gives our country a bad name.
PC Sinha, Patna
The more things change...
In his article Warts, we worry? (February 5), Vir Sanghvi correctly demonstrates the pessimistic attitude of Indians towards global entertainment productions based on India. Our mentality is moulded in a way that prevents us from looking at the brighter side of life. The movie’s criticism will not affect its box-office collections or popularity, but most of us will always remember it as one that did portray India and its culture in a bad light.
Anubhuti Janwade, Bhopal
Vir Sanghvi concludes that we have grown up, but in reality, we are only learning the art of ignoring. Slumdog Millionaire was everywhere on TV, newspapers, award functions etc, yet our reactions were predictably negative. If we feel so bad, then we should get down to cleaning up our act. Merely reacting will not change reality.
Jayalakshmi Chellappa, Delhi
Safety across the oceans
The report Another Andhra man killed in US (February 5), is highly disturbing to see that Indians are unsafe in the US. R Sudhir Kumar was the eighth person from Andhra Pradesh to be murdered. One is forced to ponder on the reason behind such mysterious killings and the US authorities’ silence over the matter. At a time when millions of Indians are aspiring to go to the US for various reasons, the US government should help ensure their security.
M Priya, via email