No mercy for those lacking it
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Kashmir ki query (Red Herring, September 4), one fails to distinguish between an Afzal Guru and the three killers of Rajiv Gandhi, all of whom are condemned to death. Both groups managed to send shock waves across the nation through their daring acts. If the death penalty is to be abolished as demanded by a section of our society, then the life term should be abolished as well. Depending on the crime, a 10 or 20-year sentence can then be awarded.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Terrorists must be awarded capital punishment so that it acts as a deterrent to others of their ilk. Those who massacre innocents for the sake of vague ideologies deserve death by hanging.
M Kumar, via email
No more back to fronts
With reference to the article Third front, anyone? (Chanakya, September 4), the recent series of scams under the UPA has reduced the common man to a helpless spectator. Though Anna Hazare succeeded in his campaign for the Lokpal Bill, one is unsure of its ultimate effectiveness as the Indian polity, bureaucracy and business are mired in corruption. The system needs to be overhauled for any law to be effective.
BM Singh, Amritsar
The analysis seems like wishful thinking. Our experience with third fronts in the past shows that it remains dominated by Ayarams and Gayarams who only end up pulling in different directions.
RL Pathak, Delhi
It could leave us speechless
Manas Chakravarty’s play of words in Loojh Canawn (Loose Canon, September 4), taking a pot shot at the nuances of Bengali English is priceless. As a communication trainer who addresses errors made by Indian speakers of the language, I could identify with every single example. It added to my repertoire of the ‘examinasun’ of Bihar, the ‘yerly’ of Kerala, the ‘snakes’ accompanying tea in Gujarat and the Bengalis having the ‘naarve to die of hurt attack’.
Vineeta Prasad, Noida
It is pointless to make fun of the pronunciation of Bengalis. Names of cities or countries are dependent on the language of the sons of the soil, not on their acceptability throughout the world. If tongue-twisters like Muzaffarpur or Mozambique have their place, Bengalis need not be apologetic about Paschimbanga.
Kajal Chatterjee, via email
Much pain and much gain
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article Win some, lose some (Sunday Sentiments, September 4), it is creditable that millions of people all over the world supported Anna Hazare’s movement to fight against corruption. And he organised it in a way that forced both the UPA and Parliament to acknowledge the depth of public anger.
Anju Anand, via email
Take a foolproof call on it
The analysis Right to recall? (The Big Story, September 4) is educative and highlights the desirability of the system. However, adequate safeguards are needed to prevent its routine use or abuse. Otherwise, governance and policy-making would soon be in serious jeopardy. The district collector, governor and the President must be vested with a veto power on a recall petition that has the signatures of at least 40% of the voters in a constituency.
RK Das, Lucknow
Hanging in the balance
Satya Prakash’s article Is the death penalty about to die? (Focus, September 4) presents a balanced view. We are citizens of a country where non-violence forms the basis for many State policies. But when it comes to an attack on our Parliament or the assassination of a former prime minister, convicts should not be provided any relief and the death penalty should be handed out.
Jeetesh Kumar, via email
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