Sitaram Yechury’s views in Our singularly plural ways (Left hand drive, March 13) on the need for an alternative political formation made for interesting reading. The fact that most of us are comfortable with our varied identities has a lot to do with India’s liberal values. The freedom of movement and expression, as opposed to restrictions that are characteristic of totalitarian regimes, facilitate adoption of cosmopolitan values and encourages healthy debate on what we need and what we have. However, what’s important is to remember that the national identity remains above all forms of identities and ideologies.
J.M. Manchanda, via email
Bring the bullies to justice
With reference to the editorial Make the bullies pay (Our Take, March 13), ragging has become a menace and there is a strong need to curb it before it gets worse. In the name of getting acquainted with each other, students tend to break all barriers and resort to horrendous activities. Even after the Supreme Court banned ragging, the college authorities hesitate to report the cases for the fear of harming institution’s reputation. This only adds to the bullies’ confidence. The culprits should immediately be brought to justice and awarded severe punishment for a crime which is no less than murder.
Kamal Sethi, Gurgaon
The recent ragging incidents bring out the college authorities’ ineffectiveness. Are they waiting for some government incentive that would encourage them to report the crimes occurring on their campuses? It is scary to realise that our children are not safe even in educational institutions. The casual approach of the college administrations and police is frightening and unacceptable.
Anand Dixit, London
Prepare for a fight, comrade
The report Mamata, Cong seal Bengal deal (March 13) is welcome news as the Congress and the Trinamool Congress are bound to give tough competition to the communists. The red brigade has been overpowering the opposition for the past 30 years. This time around, however, it might have to fight against a tough enemy. The communists in West Bengal, as in the erstwhile Soviet Union and China, have been killing their own people and hampering development. If the election results are what the common man desires, West Bengal may soon see better days.
Saaba Ahmad, via email
They don’t care about us
The report The return of Third Front (March 13) is not good news for the Congress and the BJP. With the general elections around the corner, all the political leaders have become opportunists and are eager to do whatever it takes to come to power. But, sadly, there is not one who actually cares about the welfare of the voters. Is there a leader who is genuinely thinking about creating more employment opportunities and eliminating poverty from the country? In such a situation, people, especially the youth, don’t know whom to choose as their leader.
Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore