Two wrongs don’t make a right
Vir Sanghvi in his article An ugly remark, an uglier response (Counterpoint, July 19) correctly points out that the statement made by Rita Bahuguna Joshi against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is in bad taste. But then, so is Mayawati’s attempt to politicise the issue of ‘compensation’ for Dalit rape victims and gain publicity from it. The CM is neither concerned about the development of the state nor about the law and order situation. All she is doing is squandering taxpayers’ money by erecting her statues.
Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
The Rita Bahuguna-Mayawati face-off proves how many of our politicians lack civility and thoughtfulness on sensitive issues. Who in their right minds would utter something as callous as what Joshi did? As if that wasn’t enough, Mayawati shot back an equally embarrassing remark, leaving everyone wondering who’s really at fault.
Shyam Sethi, via email
The spat between Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Mayawati is appalling. Freedom of expression doesn’t mean that one crosses all limits of decency. The BSP should refrain from attacking Joshi for it will only go against the party.
Bishal Das, Delhi
Delhi Metro should learn its lessons
In his article Things fall apart (Red Herring, July 19), Indrajit Hazra writes about how unfortunate it was that there were two major accidents in two days at the Metro railway construction site in Delhi. These accidents have shaken people’s confidence in the manner by which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation operates. One hopes such mishaps do not recur and construction is completed on time without compromising on quality.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Here’s the all-new General Musharraf!
Karan Thapar’s article A general candour (Sunday Sentiments, July 19) was interesting. It was hard to believe that this is the same Pervez Musharraf who ruled Pakistan for many years. His views on issues like the relationship with India and his ‘agreement’ with Benazir Bhutto seemed unconvincing. His unruly behaviour towards his citizens and inability to keep his promises make him a president who deserves to be forgotten by his nation.
Ravi Bedi, Jodhpur
Not the right cure for a drinking problem
As Soumya Bhattacharya’s article Drinker in a dry land (The Big story, July 19) highlighted, over the years — and because of the misguided concept of prohibition — thousands have perished after consuming illicit liquor in Gujarat. Propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, his birth-place, Gujarat, continues to follow the policy of banning alcohol despite its failure in other states. What’s disheartening is that those behind manufacturing and supplying hooch roam free.
Shanmugam Mudaliar, Pune