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No equality without justice, or justice without equality

india Updated: Jul 25, 2010 00:37 IST

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This has reference to Satya Prakash’s article Whose law is it anyway? (The Big Story, July 18). We need gender-neutral laws in order to rid our judicial system of gender biases. Brinda Karat and Girija Vyas are arrogant in rejecting the need for gender-neutral laws. In a democracy they certainly cannot take a call on what will be beneficial for all women and whether gender-neutral laws would be prone to misuse or not. What has been done in the case of implementation of the anti-dowry law, which has been misused for years?

Amit Singhal, Gurgaon

Make the law work

Ruchira Hoon, Nivriti Butalia & Neha Dara’s article Sex & the workplace (The Big Story, July 18) about sexual harassment at the workplace made for interesting reading. The article deals with the real threats that a woman faces at the office. The new Bill on sexual harassment should be presented in Parliament only after it has been made gender neutral. For in today’s world, a lot of these cases also arise from of a consensual relationship. Hence, all sides of the argument should be taken note of before passing laws.

Parthiban TR, via email

The media should get the picture right

I agree with Vir Sanghvi’s views in Loonies running about in the BJP park (Counterpopint, July 18) that the vandalism unleashed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh cadres at the Headlines Today office in New Delhi was deplorable and caused a dent in the image of the otherwise ‘disciplined’ BJP. However, television channels should also exercise some restraint and think before labelling parties as terrorist organisations just to increase TRP ratings. For the freedom of the press can often result in the truth being stretched.

Yogeet Sharma, Delhi

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It is appalling that some rowdies in the BJP fold ran amok and caused such destruction at the Headlines Today office. This suggests that those who run the BJP or the RSS have lost control over their cadres and have failed to discipline and restrain them. The BJP as a national political party should not subscribe to the outrageous behaviour of these loonies. Also, it would be in the interest of the nation if the media used its powers of discretion when it comes to airing sensitive statements that politicians tend to make these days.

Jitendra Kothari, via email

Notes and crosses

Indrajit Hazra in Style over substance (Red Herring, July 18) described the just inaugurated rupee symbol in an interesting way. The symbol has style, and it’s a welcome move that asserts India’s growing economic might. Although the old ‘Rs’ was not bad, there is no harm in rejoicing in the new symbol that will hopefully usher in an age of change and progress.

RL Pathak, Delhi

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Hazra’s analysis of the new rupee symbol was full of substance. To comment on the Rs 20 note, the image on the back of the note is of a real place in the Andamans, complete with palm trees and a lighthouse. My guide on my Andamans trip showed me this place with a Rs 20 note side to side. Come to think of it, that might be the reason why the look of the Rs 20 hasn’t been changed as opposed to all others in recent times.

Munish Kumar, via email

Armed with logic

This has reference to Manas Chakravarthy’s article Karma country (Loose Canon, July 18). Joel Stein’s comment on Hindu gods as multiple-armed or elephant-nosed was in poor taste. Like gods of all religions, it is part of our mythology like it is for the Greek and the Roman gods who were also depicted as having animal heads like the Hydra or the Unicorn. Hinduism has a rich legacy with many gods and their myths. The fact that suburbs change in their demographics over time is not exclusive to Menlo Park. It has happened all over the world. Even in India, when we go back to the small towns of our childhood, they no longer look the same thanks to globalisation. There’s no reason why Stein should have gone over the top with his complaints.

Ramakrishna Hosur, Michigan

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