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Legally illegal

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 05:54 IST

Apropos of the report DDA suggestions will cause urban chaos (January 20), politicians have confused the issue of Delhi’s growth by dividing citizens into traders and RWAs without taking note of the fact that most traders are residents of Delhi. The main issue of encroachment has been sidelined. What prevents the government from clearing encroachments where no order from any authority is required? Considering that every DDA colony has a shopping centre in its vicinity, commercialisation in these areas in unnecessary.

Shivraj Kumar

Ignorance is no bliss

With reference to the report Hindus object to swastika ban (January 18), the EU ban on swastika is not an issue of discrimination but of ignorance. The ban is a result of general reservations on the use of the swastika and the EU has been urged to ban it because of its Nazi association. But the EU must understand that it is also a Hindu symbol and its spiritual meaning has nothing to do with Nazi ideology. It symbolises peace, not hate. The EU should respect the religious sentiments of Hindus and lift the ban.

Kishlaya Sharma

Bangalore mayhem

The mayhem in Bangalore over the hanging of Saddam Hussein is detestable. How can people act so senselessly? They should have reacted before Saddam’s hanging so that some pressure could have been created against the one-sided verdict. This kind of activity only ignites disputes across the country and disrupts progress.


India shining

Neelesh Misra’s report Middle India gets a makeover (January 22) makes one’s heart fill up with delight. Every time my friends visit India, they are mesmerised by the fact that changes are happening and many people now want to move back to India.

Rahul Thathoo
Stanford University

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