With reference to Death of the middle ground (Third Eye, December 17), I do not agree with Barkha Dutt’s view totally. Taking a middle ground in a controversial matter amounts to confusion and ambiguity. In Mohammed Afzal’s case, the Supreme Court has already issued a verdict and no one other than the President of India has the right to change it. So, a statement like “he must not be hanged” sends a wrong message to the society.
MR Panchal, Mumbai
I agree with Barkha Dutt when she says, “We wear our democracy as a badge of honour” — but how much freedom do we have as we always have to choose whether we are for the notion or against it? There is a real death of the middle ground, thanks to the so-called regulators of this country’s fate.
Ragini Khanna, Ludhiana
No time for theories
This is with reference to Vir Sanghvi’s Conspiracies and Theories (Counterpoint, December 17). Over half our population do not even read newspapers or watch TV. They are too busy slogging through
the day. So, where is the time for conspiracies and theories?
Colonel RD Singh, Jammu
A way with words
Hats off to Karan Thapar for his incisive analysis of the PM’s speech in Sunday Sentiments (Humpty Dumpty..., December 17). What the PM said is intellectually and morally indefensible and it is unthinkable that he did not know this.
Sharadchandra Panse, Pune
I was shocked to read the modus operandi of car thefts in The Big Story (Grand Theft Auto, December 17); it is also a multi-state industry!
M Sampathkumar, New Delhi