Hats off to the media for ensuring justice for the late Shivani Bhatnagar who fell victim to a man of so-called integrity and unquestionable character. This is not the first case of its kind. There are many Shivanis and Sharmas who have extra-marital relations by virtue of holding high profile offices. In fact, this case should be taken as police versus the press that ultimately won the battle. But the quantum of punishment is mild compared to his status as an IPS officer who is supposed to prevent crime and punish criminals.
Fareed Ali Shamsi, Delhi
Israel’s a problem
With reference to Mark R. Cohen’s article An unsavoury new testament (March 25), anti-semitism never existed among Muslims anywhere in the world as exists in Western countries. But the existence of Israel has always been a problem for Muslims in the Arab world and it serves the very interest of the US neo-conservatives in the Middle East. It is good for Israel to understand these problems and leave the occupied territories as soon as possible without any conditions.
Md. Imteyaz Ahmad, via e-mail
Apropos of the editorial Basketcase awards (March 24), after its attempt to secure the rural votes by its offer of a Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver, the UPA government’s target of the urban middle-class is sought to be achieved by the Sixth Pay Commission awards. Considerations political rather than economic seem to be the driving force behind these measures. With the high inflationary pressure on account of the oil crisis looming large, one wonders on whom the axe will fall.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
While increasing the comfort of those who are already well-off in life, the government must take adequate measures on a priority basis to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich.
TT Sakaria, Delhi