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The timing of the VHP’s Ayodhya yatra clearly suggests that it was an attempt to polarise the electorate along communal lines before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2013 08:52 IST

It’s time that our netas realised religion has no place in politics
With reference to the editorial Little resonance for Hindutva (Our Take, August 26), the timing of the VHP’s Ayodhya yatra clearly suggests that it was an attempt to polarise the electorate along communal lines before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

However, the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to prevent the VHP activists from going ahead with their yatra too wasn’t devoid of political motives.

The electorate can see through these political games and at a time when the economy is in crisis, the value of the rupee is plunging, unemployment is on the rise, Hindutva or any other religious ideology has no relevance.

It is time our political leaders realised that religion is a matter of individual choice and there’s no point in dragging it into politics.

Kamala Kumari, via email

Class bias in media reporting
With reference to the editorial One standard for rape (August 27), rape cases are reported on a daily basis but they usually get buried inside the newspapers and are often overlooked by the readers as just another incident.

However, the December 16 gang rape jolted the nation’s conscience as it had unfortunately happened to someone from the burgeoning and upwardly mobile middle class or, as the editorial puts it, ‘People like us’.

No one rape is more or less tragic than the other but often incidents from places like Jharkhand, Manipur, etc, receive skewed media coverage or they simply fall off the media map. It is this class and regional bias that the mainstream media has to weed out.

Gaurav Gupta, New Delhi

Hiding behind religious sentiments
The editorial Floating above the fray (August 28) rightly says that godmen should remember that no one can claim spiritual immunity to break the law of the land.

But why doesn’t the police force act against them?

One may recall that despite several non-bailable warrants being issued against the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Delhi Police did not arrest him fearing a communal backlash. An offender should not be seen through the prism of religion.

Manish Garg, via email