This is not due to grace and favour
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s article The original Sen (Loose Canon, July 28). Chakravarty’s views laced with wit and sarcasm on the recent face-off between Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati are hilarious, yet thought-provoking. It is appalling that a scholar of Sen’s stature is unnecessarily being dragged into political slugfests.
To make matters worse, BJP MP Chandan Mitra made the controversial comment that the Bharat Ratna be taken back from Sen.
It’s unbecoming of an MP and an editor-in-chief of a newspaper to suggest this. In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mitra and the BJP have forgotten that the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, is not a favour that can be taken back.
Though Mitra later expressed regret over his comments, it was very imprudent of him to make the comment at the first place.
RK Kapoor, Chandigarh
Language cannot be a barrier
With reference to the article Much lost in translation (Chanakya, July 28), BJP president Rajnath Singh and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s argument that the use of English in India had resulted in the loss of ‘language and culture’ as hardly anyone speaks in Sanskrit now has been misconstrued by the media.
It was not the English language that they were against but the rampant westernisation of our culture. It’s imperative for India to make strides in the global arena but at the same time we must preserve our culture.
Maya Agarwal, Mumbai
Singh’s diatribe against the English language is meaningless. It’s undeniable that English is the language of global business. In this day and age, speaking English gives an individual a career advantage and many multinational companies are making it mandatory for their employees to communicate in English. Singh’s anti-English stance is extremely regressive and has no takers in today’s globalised world.
Bal Govind, via email
Singh’s remarks, doubting the proven importance of English, are not in-sync with the efforts of the BJP which wants to be seen as a modern and progressive political party.
However, the remarks might adversely affect Modi’s efforts to woo young voters, for whom English holds a lot of significance. It’s time the BJP stopped sending confusing signals to the voters.
Vijay Pant, via email
Justice that is so selective
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article What’s left unsaid (Sunday Sentiments, July 28), the writer has unwittingly quoted a sentence from the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Zahira Habibullah case and called it the ratio of the case.
His logic is that if an observation is damning it cannot be called an obiter dicta (a remark made by a judge that, although included in the body of the court’s opinion, does not form a necessary part of the court’s decision) is not only hilarious but also exposes his poor understanding of the common law system in general and jurisprudence in particular.
Gunjan Mishra, Chandigarh
It is sad that a section of the media wants to hold Modi responsible for the partisan handling of the situation during the 2002 Gujarat riots, despite the fact that the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team had given him a clean chit.
As the matter is still sub-judice, the media should wait for the final verdict instead of jumping the gun. Moreover, the media seems to be obsessed with the 2002 riots, and hardly focusses on riots that have taken place under the Congress’s watch.
Ramesh Agarwal, Kanpur
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