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With reference to the Indrajit Hazra’s article One tight slap (Red Herring, November 27), Harvinder Singh’s unwarranted and silly act of slapping agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is worth condemning. It shows how wayward and brutalised our society has become. The need of the hour is to instill some discipline. But who will do the job?

india Updated: Dec 03, 2011 23:39 IST

Such a huge flap over a slap
With reference to the Indrajit Hazra’s article One tight slap (Red Herring, November 27), Harvinder Singh’s unwarranted and silly act of slapping agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is worth condemning. It shows how wayward and brutalised our society has become. The need of the hour is to instill some discipline. But who will do the job?
RL Pathak, Delhi

Hazra makes a compelling case for the much maligned slap. He brings out the virtues of this phenomenon, which, incidentally, is prevalent even among lesser primates. Figuratively, a remonstrative or retributive slap is more therapeutic than a lethal gun shot. An over-emphasis on child psychology has, however, meant that prudish parents don’t slap their truant children anymore.
Ashish Rai, via email

It seems a House of cads
The article A hung Parliament (Chanakya, November 27) is right in concluding that if the present politics of negativity continues, it’ll only provide ammunition to the forces led by the likes of Anna Hazare. The UPA and Opposition MPs must utilise the ongoing session of Parliament for productive business instead of creating a stalemate.
RM Deshpande, Mumbai

II
As Chanakya rightly points out, politicians should take the job entrusted to them by the people seriously. It’s not proper to stall parliamentary proceedings when there are several important bills to be passed. Individual one-upmanship must be shunned in favour of what is best for the country.
Jugnu Bagga, via email

III
Chanakya is right in saying that both the Congress and the BJP are working hand-in-glove to not allow Parliament to function. If Par-liament works, it’s likely that the misdeeds of both would have been exposed. The easiest way out of such a situation is not to allow legislative work to progress.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal

She’s not splitting hairs here
Ajoy Bose’s article Maya’s moves (The Big Story, November 27) elaborates on the big electoral battle in UP among the BSP, the SP and the Congress in the coming assembly polls. Though the BSP might tower over the others, it might still see a decline in numbers compared to the 2007 elections. The fight in key constituencies will be a pointer to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

II
Mayawati’s moves definitely stumped all her opponents, especially her clever, well-timed move to divide the state into four parts. With the splitting of the state, she can be in power in more than one state. Knowing the obstacles ahead, Mayawati has checkmated all.
Man Mohan Bhatia, Delhi
Skill in talking the talk

Karan Thapar in Name dropping (Sunday Sentiments, November 27) makes the point that to get real answers from the person being interviewed, you have to act as an equal. This may be all right for senior journalists like Thapar but not for young journalists. At the end of the day, what matters is the skill in steering a conversation and a thorough research of the subject.
RD Singh, Ambala

He is to the manner born
Khushwant Singh’s article Nothing can stop Rahul Gandhi’s rise to power (With Malice Towards One and All, November 27) reminds me of the days when the incorrigible Sardarji, as the editor of The Illustrated Wee-kly of India, used to sing the praises of the late Sanjay Gandhi, describing him as a ‘born leader’ and advocating the theory that ‘leadership is hereditary’. What happened later is history. Singh, who hasn’t learnt anything from his experiences, has now taken up cudgels on behalf of Rahul Gandhi.
Kumar Anand, Delhi
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