The Supreme Court’s order to evict 497 illegally-occupied government accommodation shows the maturity of our system and the commitment of one arm of the government entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the other under check. The government should comply and evict all squatters and recover the arrears. It is necessary to end all acts of favouritism and nepotism that have given us a bad name and to instill confidence among the suffering multitudes.
Apropos of Namita Bhandare’s article In Sir Vidia’s shadow (January 23), Salman Rushdie has made India’s inner-self, the core of our consciousness, known to the whole world. When Rushdie gets the Booker prize, or Naipaul, Hargobind Khurana and Amartya Sen receive the Nobel prize, we feel proud of their Indian origins. But we had banned Rushdie’s book, that too without reading it. We prevented him from travelling in India in the past. The banning of a literary book was the worst example of suppressing the freedom of speech and expression.
Blow for Chappell
Most people in India have no love lost for Greg Chappell and every person has a different way of expressing this. But the attack on him by an activist of the Orissa-based Kalinga Sena is revolting. Being the coach of our cricket team, Chappell is representing our country and nobody should try and intimidate him like this.
The incident is not only deplorable but shocking on the part of the Orissa police and sports officials who kept on saying that nothing happened to Greg Chappell. But we must appreciate the Sports Minister for his apology. Some action must be taken against these officials and the person who committed this shameful act.
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