Investigate the lapses later, but for now, enjoy the Games
Karan Thapar in The games we play (Sunday Sentiments, October 3) may be raising pertinent points but his article is ill-timed. One does not like to read negative things about the country on the day of the opening ceremony of a mega event. No one will give us a medal for criticising our own nation. This is the time to unite to make the Games a success. After October 14, a thorough inquiry into the lapses should be conducted and the guilty punished. We must draw lessons for future, but for now let’s enjoy the Games.
Madhu Singh, via email
Time for an inheritance tax
Khushwant Singh in The UPA government should introduce inheritance tax (With Malice Towards One and All, October 3) has made a pertinent point. Given the propensity of Indians to save for the next generation, an inheritance tax would be an added source of revenue for the government. It would also act as a dampener to corruption. But politicians would be the first to object, considering the vast amounts of undisclosed wealth they accumulate.
Anthony Henriques, via email
SC should not leave Ayodhya sore open
With reference to Vir Sanghvi's Could a deal have been struck in the 80s? (Counterpoint, October 3) Indians have always respected court judgements. The Supreme Court (SC) may give a political judgement that does not attract a violent reaction. The Allahabad High Court ruling covers a wide range of arguments that the SC can use to justify its decision. But it should not leave the sore wide open.
Shriram Bapat, Mumbai
Sanghvi points out that till the mid-80s, majority of Hindus had never heard about the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. In fact, the Babri conflict is
not new and had erupted during British rule as well. It is unfortunate that politicians, journalists and academics are spreading the anti-Hindu campaign in the country for their petty
Vatsala Srivastava, Allahabad
Not in good faith
Indrajit Hazra's article Shaving grace? (Red Herring, October 3) comparing Lord Ram's face to Salman's chest hair is shocking and deeply disturbing. You may not believe in God, but there are millions of people who do and articles like yours just end up hurting their sentiments. I don't see much of a difference in your article and the one in the Danish newspaper that printed Prophet Mohammed's cartoons
Aditya Mazumdar, via email
Hazra's discussion about Lord Ram's beard was cheap. Freedom of expression does not mean that one can write anything without caring about the religious sentiments of people. The media has a moral responsibility towards Indians. Does the writer have the courage to write about the beard of the ten Sikh Gurus or Prophet Mohammed?
Navraj Singh Chauhan, via email
Able leaders needed
Our 7 deadly sins (The Big Story, October 3) made for a good reading. History tells us that whenever India was led by an able leader, devoid of these sins, the country progressed. We need honest leaders to take this nation to new heights.
Gurdarshan Brar, via email
This refers to Pavan K. Varma's article Stop playing games with ourselves (The Big Story, October 3). While taking necessary precautions, we must also enjoy the Games, cheer the players and appreciate the honour of being the host.
Neera G. Kantt, Gurgaon
Ignorance is bliss
Manas Chakravarty in Funky Ayodhya (Loose Canon, October 3) has rightly pointed out that today's youth is neither aware about the Ayodhya issue nor the verdict pronounced by the Allahabad High Court. In the present era, youngsters rely on easy-to-access information rather than read papers and magazines. But they are aware about hot yoga, reality shows and 'Bigg Boss'. A new ignorant India is emerging, bereft of our rich legacy and values.
G.K. Arora, Delhi