Last week’s pandemonium in the Bihar assembly shows that our politicians are not only ill-mannered but unsophisticated too (It’s on the House, The Pundit, July 23). Why should we — the taxpayers — cough up money for the public property damaged by these unruly politicians of the state? The Bihar legislators should be fined heavily for their hooligan-like behaviour and for turning the House into a free-for-all fight club. Only a couple of weeks ago, the Congress MLAs spent a night inside the Karnataka Assembly to protest against the mining magnates of the state, the Reddy brothers. Which assembly will come up with the next novel protest?
Kaushik Pandey, via email
Murder most foul
The editorial Whistling in the dark (Our Take, July 24) rightly calls for a law to provide security to whistleblowers. The Right to Information (RTI) Act not only empowers Indian citizens but also encourages transparency and accountability in governance. But the murder of activists like Amit Jethwa shows that there are many who do not want the Act to work effectively.
Harjeev Khanna, via email
Incidents like the murder of Jethwa render RTI ineffective. Whistleblowers will always be under threat in a society that’s ruled by corrupt politicians. As the editorial states, India needs a body similar to the Central Vigilance Commission to protect informants. The prime minister recently admitted that tackling corruption is one of the biggest challenges before his government. He must come up with a strategy to protect the people who are sincerely trying to work for the welfare of society.
Bal Govind, Noida
Hats off to the spin maestro
Congratulations to spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for both taking the highest number of Test wickets and helping Sri Lanka win the Galle Test. Australian spinner Shane Warne rightly said that no bowler will be able to surpass Muralitharan’s record. The cricketer’s retirement brings to an end a splendid career as well as a revolution in spin bowling.
M Srikanth, Mumbai
A veil of misconception
Samar Halarnkar’s article A hard turn right (Maha Bharat, July 22) presented a lopsided view of the debate on the burqa. He seems to suggest that votebank politics is behind decisions taken by every government in the world. By criticising the French government’s decision to ban the burqa, we are unnecessarily interfering with the nation’s internal matters.
MK Barua, Delhi