Self before country seems the driving force among our netas
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Dearth of a salesman (Beyond the Bite, December 2), I agree that the BJP is opposing foreign direct investment in retail just for the sake of doing so and some smaller parties are supporting its stance to ensure that they get a share of the political pie if the UPA government collapses in the near future. India's parliamentarians have started behaving in an irresponsible manner and are only worried about their own personal wealth. When it comes to increasing their own salaries, all decisions are passed unanimously in Parliament. But when it comes to laws that could benefit the country, they always try to stop them. So is it surprising then that anti-politician movements have become popular?
Sreemoy Ghose, via email
The Centre's trapped in a web
The report In eye of cyber storm, Sibal says web rules soon (December 7) shows once again that the UPA government is trying to regulate cyberspace and social networking sites. But this will be counterproductive because any attempt to block controversial content will only push people to access it more. Moreover, technologically, it will be difficult to monitor all content. Over the years, the medium has become a powerful tool and it can galvanise and shape public opinion against the government. Therefore, the government should desist from such efforts.
Raghubir Singh, Pune
Freedom of expression doesn't necessarily give us the freedom to be abusive and offensive. Those using the social networking sites must know this and desist from posting inflammatory opinions. There is no denying that the rights of genuine internet users must be safeguarded, but the rights of the victims of such posts must also be taken into account.
RK Malhotra, Delhi