Remove the ban on women entering temples and mosques
Namita Bhandare in It is a dangerous precedent (Another Day, November 10) is right in stating that the Haji Ali Trust’s ban on women entering the mosque will negate our tradition of tolerance and inclusion. This move is not just regressive but also undermines the rights of women. In our country, however, such restrictions on women’s entry into holy shrines are commonplace and are also accepted by the people. Only women’s groups protest against such discriminatory practices. What is more appalling is the fact that our political leaders have also refrained from commenting on the issue since they don’t want to upset their vote-banks. It high time we end this inequality through constitutional amendments.
Gautam Chandra, via email
India has made a lot of progress in breaking gender barriers and empowering women. But problems like dowry, female infanticide and domestic violence still exist. At a time when we are striving hard to battle these social evils, a ban on women’s entry in a holy shrine is detrimental to women’s development and deepens the bias against them.
MPS Chadha, via email
Good governance can push growth
With reference to Harsh Mander’s article On equity, justice and deepening democracy (November 15), India can improve its standards of governance only if the government improves its service delivery mechanism and ensures accountability, transparency and corruption-free governance. Along with this, the central as well as the state governments have to realise that good governance is the only way to spur socio-economic development in the country.
Gulshan Kumar, via email