Vinod Sharma in his report Facing isolation (July 19) has expressed concern over the rift in the so-called secular bloc over the nuclear deal. It is interesting to note that one of the parties in this bloc has branded the deal as anti-Muslim. Another secular party has knocked at the door of Syed Ahmed Bukhari to get an endorsement for the deal. This is a travesty of secular journalism and secular forces.
Balram Tyagi, Noida
It is a pity that the nuclear deal has become like a boorish wrestling match where Sonia Gandhi is the flying nun and Manmohan Singh the gentle killer. They are being backed by a multitude of opportunists clamouring for more money and perks at the expense of the nation. The communists are out of touch with reality. The Muslim representatives want to thwart any agreement that involves the US. This is happening under the garb of democracy and leaves us wondering if this is what we have always known as anarchy.
Rahul Kaul, Via email
The tug of war to win over the corrupt leaders by the ‘secular’ parties reflects their real character. These parties want to bring down the government at any cost. The leaders of the opposition parties are using the situation to their advantage.
Mohinder Singh, Delhi
Deliberate on verdict further
Apropos of Bridging the gaps in the silence (Our Take, July 19) went the politically correct way in supporting the Supreme Court ruling on rape. I don’t hold a brief for any rapist, for I not only detest the heinous crime but feel that the perpetrators of such an offence deserve the dungeon. But pointing an accusing finger at someone and the mere mentioning of that four-letter word can harm many an innocent man. There are many laws which protect women, and in most cases, the onus of proving innocence is on the respondent. And there are instances of such laws being misused. There is need for further and deeper deliberation on this verdict.
S. Krishna Kumar, Bangalore
The supreme Court has taken a strong step in addressing the humiliation and pain women face after being subjected to rape. Now the major challenge for the lawmakers and the government is to generate awareness among women so they can come forward and speak out without any fear. This law, if implemented properly, might prove to be a very effective deterrent against rape.
Kanika Tiwari, Via email