State's making a caricature of itself
This refers to Satya Prakash's article Frankly speaking (Focus, September 16). The police high-handedness shown in the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for drawing anti-corruption cartoons suggests that the move was a political ploy. His cartoons are not anti-national in nature but depict the current corrupt political system. His arrest has violated the freedom of speech that the Constitution guarantees. It's high time that the government revisits the archaic Article 124A which in Trivedi's case was used to muzzle legitimate criticism.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Trivedi's arrest for his innocuous but thought-provoking cartoons that decry the rampant corruption in the country shows that the government is desperate to suppress any criticism of its actions.
GK Arora, via email
They should sing Singh's tune
This refers to the article Singh does it yet again (Chanakya, September 16). With the Manmohan Singh government giving its nod on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail sector, the people of the country must realise that this may appear to hurt the common man in the short run. But this move will go a long way towards putting the economy back on track. The farm-to-fork approach will lessen wastage and fetch more prices for the farmers' produce. Similarly, the gradual phasing out of subsidies on fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders would galvanise the sagging economy.
Vijai Pant, Nainital
It is appalling that the Opposition and Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress are missing the woods for the trees on the issue of FDI in the multi-brand retail sector. Those states which refrain from implementing the FDI scheme will be depriving their people of long-term benefits. Not only will it eliminate middlemen at various levels in the chain, it is likely to create millions of jobs. Our politicians must shun their myopic viewpoints and see the big picture.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Irrelevance of the sedition law
Manas Chakravarty's article An expert on sedition (Loose Canon, September 16) humorously throws light on the relevance, rather irrelevance, of the sedition law in our country. The government should not do away with the law completely but prevent its blatant misuse. It cannot be blindly or vindictively used to suppress criticism of the State or its functioning.
RD Singh, Ambala
Very few people possess the art of weaving humour into a serious topic and Chakravarty is one of those chosen few. His articles always elevate our Sunday reading experience.
Charanjiit Chadha, Chandigarh
See laughter in perspective
At a time when there's unrest in the Arab world over an anti-Islam film and we are witnessing a political slugfest among the government, its allies and its opposition, Karan Thapar's article Just for a few laughs (Sunday Sentiments, September 16) was an amusing read that finally brought a smile to my face. Bertrand Russell once said, "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent, full of doubts."
Sudershan Walia, via email
It is the faculty of laughter that distinguishes humans from other creatures. Our politicians should realise this and learn to laugh at themselves. They must understand that political cartoons, satires, etc, not only give people a few laughs but at times bring out a new perspective.
Ramesh Sinha, via email
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