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Politics and the new face of intolerance

india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 04:49 IST
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Vir Sanghvi’s Won’t Get Fooled Again (Counterpoint, February 11) talked about an almost fascist path adopted by the Congress-led government vis-a-vis the proposed Broadcasting Bill, the Da Vinci Code, AXN, Water etc. But the author has missed mentioning the sudden removals of Anupam Kher from the Censor Board — and governors from a few states suddenly.

Achyut R Railkar, Mumbai

II

It’s very easy to call ourselves the world’s biggest democracy, but democracy is a word limited to the Constitution. The responsibility and the right of the citizen ends at the election process (that is usually rigged). The common man does not sanction any of what happens after that.

Raghavendra S, on email

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It is quite clear from the article that Vir Sanghvi is not aware of the Congress record of tolerance to dissent — or is perhaps pretending to be unaware of it — before the NDA ruled the nation. 

Shreeram Paranjpe, Mumbai


Ground realities

In the Guest Column (Truth and Reconciliation, February 11), Omar Abdullah has made a genuine effort to explain the situation prevailing in the Valley, suggesting certain measures that might help solve the quagmire in which the country and the people of the state find themselves in.

Tarlok Singh, New Delhi


Games people play

Karan Thapar is right when he says in Rights and Wrongs of Cricket (Sunday Sentiments, February 11) that a sport cannot be a matter of great concern in a country where people lack basic education and health facilities and where millions go without food. The politicians are batting for their own political benefits.

Neeraj Benjwal, New Delhi


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