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The meal comes before the deal
N Chandra Mohan in Get it fixed (July 14) has rightly pointed out that since the Left has withdrawn its support to the
government, the UPA must pursue the policies that concern the aam admi. In a political scenario where the future is uncertain and the present is worrisome, the common man is deeply troubled by the spiralling prices of essential items. If the common man is unable to manage two square meals for himself and his family, the success or failure of the deal makes little sense.
Bal Raj Khanna,
Zero Marx for communists
With reference to the report Karat, Maya join hands (July 14), the tie-up between the Left and the BSP is a classic case of strange bedfellows. It seems the Left has no visionary leaders who are conscious of the perils of communalism. In fact, the CPI(M) has now become just a Prakash-Brinda- Sitaram party. I feel sad to see the degeneration of the Indian communist parties, though I still believe that Marxism is a sublime humanitarian philosophy, a ray of hope in the vast sea of gloom bereft of any ideological currents.
After the end of the UPA-Left marriage over the deal, the nation’s political scene has gone through a paradigm shift. The CPI(M) has dumped the Samajwadi Party for Mayawati while the latter has her own interests to guard with the CBI chasing her on the disproportionate assets case. The country is witness to a strange political circus.
No uniform guidance
Apropos of the editorial Feeding the Muslim stereotype (July 12), Darul Uloom Deoband is an Islamic seminary. Hence it would be a mistake to overlook the institutional framework, cite a couple of incidents of fatwas and then generalise this as the opinion of the whole seminary. A fatwa is an opinion and can vary from scholar to scholar. Being Islamic scholars, it is their duty to guide people. However the matter of a Uniform Civil Code is a different one and should be discussed separately.
Everyone was courting a disaster
Apropos of the editorial Law and behold: how not to crack a case (July 14), the manner in which the Noida police and the CBI have conducted themselves in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case is deplorable to say the least. Hundreds of murder cases have reached their logical culmination by trial in a court of law. There was no need for the police, CBI or even the media to take sides in this case.
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