Indrajit Hazra in Coming out of the other closet (Red Herring, July 5) is correctly worried about how heterosexuals will interpret the Delhi High Court judgement on Section 377. But to me, the high court’s judgement is more about morality than sexuality. Our society is slowly losing its battle for morality. Our lawmakers seem to have mixed up two issues: personal freedom and morality. So, it shouldn’t surprise us if in future they pass more judgements (like the one they did on Section 377) in the favour of socially unacceptable issues.
Binit Singh, via email
It is disheartening to note that the media is unnecessarily glorifying the Delhi High Court judgement on homosexuality. The media’s biased coverage has created a false impression that homosexuals have won their fight against the law. Rather, this is just the first step towards granting equal status to gays. Issues of gay marriages and inheritance have yet not been addressed by our courts. The sensationalism created by the journalists covering the issue is unwarranted. It is because of this that people have developed a dislike for homosexuals.
Balakiran S.J, Pune
Let’s respect personal choice
Vir Sanghvi in Keep the law outside the bedroom (Counterpoint, July 5) has rightly stated that neither the law, nor religious diktats should interfere with our personal lives. Decriminalising homosexuality will protect gays from being harassed by the police. Moreover, the High Court judgement will inculcate a sense of acceptance in society of members of the LGTB community.
Amaninder Pal Sharma, via email
Powerful, yet powerless
Karan Thapar in Keeping us in the dark (Sunday Sentiments, July 5) has highlighted a serious problem, but in a light vein. The power crisis in the capital city of the country is worsening every year but the Sheila Dikshit government is yet to commission even one new power plant. While tax payers like us have to bear long power cuts every day, no effort has been made to reduce losses that happen during transmission and power thefts.
K.M. Balagopalan, via email
Listen to the aam admi
This is with reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article The more things change, the more they remain the same (July 5). In 1983, former Finance Minister H.M. Patel advised Pranab Mukherjee to be a “self-reliant man, not a man of Reliance”. This caustic remark, perhaps, sums up the Congress’ favourable attitude towards select industrialists. The 1983 Budget benefited Dhirubhai Ambani as it reduced custom duties on rayon and petrochemicals. Today, his sons — Mukesh and Anil Ambani — are also favoured by politicians. Shouldn’t the government consult the common man and listen to their needs, instead of meeting industrialists, before starting the Budget exercise?
D.K. Chanda, Delhi
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