Not temple or mosque, build a temple of learning in Ayodhya
Ramachandra Guha in his article Life after Ayodhya (History Matters, October 1) has presented his views from a historian’s perspective. Ideally, the contesting parties should have considered establishing a grand ‘temple of learning’ at the disputed site. However, now that the verdict has been delivered, it should be celebrated as a tribute to the maturing of India as a nation, coming as it did on the eve of Gandhiji’s birthday.
N. Nagarajan, via email
With reference to the editorial At last, faith in the law (Our Take, October 2), the Allahabad High Court verdict on the 60-year-old Ayodhya dispute should be welcomed by one and all as it reflects the sentiments of the people. The concerned parties should sit together and put an end to this controversy without appealing to the apex court. Let Hindus and Muslims show the world that even a highly vexing problem can have an amicable solution. Everyone should try to make Ayodhya a shining example of communal harmony, moving away from its tortured history.
V.M. Khaleelur Rahman, Ambur
The Ayodhya dispute, having gone through a tortuous judicial process, has culminated in a watershed judgement. The case was complicated due to religious passions running high after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and its tragic aftermath. The Indian judicial system itself was on trial, and India’s secular credentials were at stake, demanding much from the judges hearing the case. The verdict has succeeded in preserving both, as testified by the exemplary calm exhibited by all. A new chapter of religious amity has been opened.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore
An analysis that is off the mark
This has reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article Let the Games begin (Maha Bharat, September 30). With numerous controversies surfacing about the Commonwealth Games, every other journalist seems to have become a sports expert overnight. Halarnkar goes on about Mehrajuddin Wadoo and football without checking that football is not even an event at the Games. His comments about the number of medals that India is expected to win at the Games is also incorrect. Out of the optional events, the organisers have excluded triathlon and basketball, which featured at the last Games and have included tennis, wrestling and archery instead. In fact, Indians have very few international competitors at the Commonwealth-level, especially in wrestling and archery.
Dibakar Sarkar, Delhi
Not a magic number after all
This refers to the report Mother of all ID cards launched (September 30). It’s true that the UPA government’s unique identity (UID) number cannot even provide a square meal to its first recipient, Ranjana Sonawane, and her family. Such ambitious schemes only fatten the already filled bellies and pockets of countless officials, while the poor continue to wait for them to change their lives for the better. Ending hunger requires food, not promises, and the poor cannot be expected to wait endlessly.
R.K. Garg, via email
The UID will enable the poor, the backward classes and women to take advantage of other social security schemes. But one wonders whether this number will help solve the problems of hunger, poverty, corruption and unemployment. If yes, then how much time it might take in a country like India where results take years to show? The need of the hour is for the system to work efficiently and quickly so that every citizen of India can have access to the most basic services.
Mangla Sahni, Kapurthala