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Vir Sanghvi, in The Antulay conspiracy (Counterpoint, December 21), correctly stated that raising doubts over the killing of Hemant Karkare is a most disgraceful act.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2008 22:36 IST

Vir Sanghvi, in The Antulay conspiracy (Counterpoint, December 21), correctly stated that raising doubts over the killing of Hemant Karkare is a most disgraceful act. A.R. Antulay’s statement amounts to playing dirty politics. The Congress high command must remove him from his post even though he has backtracked now.

Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai


The Congress has many internal enemies in the guise of faithful party workers. One of them is A.R. Antulay. He was just recycling old tricks when he spoke of the death of Hemant Karkare. It’s the policy of the Congress since the days of Indira Gandhi to adopt divisive tactics to preserve vote banks. There is no difference between Narayan Rane and Antulay. The Congress should sack leaders like Antulay at once if it wants to improve its chances at the next Lok Sabha elections.

Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai


Antulay’s crime cannot be simplified as a ‘lie’, as suggested by Vir Sanghvi. It’s a well-thought-out strategy to corner minority votes. The move to use the Mumbai tragedy to divide the country and inject new suspicion in the minds of some is utterly heinous. It’s also alarming that the secularists wasted no time in supporting him. Why is the Congress so reluctant to sack Antulay? The Prime Minister should have done so on the first day. It seems we do not need enemies from across the border to destabilise us, when people like Antulay are engaged in doing so.

N. Divakaran, via email

Price goes before the fall

Manas Chakravarty’s Goodbye to all that (Loose Canon, December 21) was a picturesque representation of how things are turning up economically. I am just finishing my MBA and everybody at my institute is worried about placement. People still are craving for high packages. I always tell my friends you’re at least getting jobs, forget the package. But they are hard at listening.

Prasad B. Kulkarni, via email

Of trial and terror

With reference to Karan Thapar’s article, A pertinent point (Sunday Sentiments, December 21), why should there be a court trial for a terrorist like Ajmal Amir Kasab? All the media houses have live footage of him brazenly firing and killing innocent people in Mumbai. This is enough evidence to award him the death penalty.

M. Kumar, Delhi

Missing a pair of shoes

In Identified flying object (Red Herring, December 21), why did Indrajit Hazra leave out Nikita Krushchev, who placed his shoes on the rostrum at the UN General Assembly? As for Manmohan Singh, he has his head protected by a ‘swathe of bandage’.

Hiten Bhaya, via email

Not to your health

Sanchita Sharma’s tips for alleviating alcohol-induced hangovers in Tips for the tippler (December 21) were meaningful. But popping an Aspirin or Ibuprofen before sleep might be harsh on an already stressed alcoholic liver and may cause internal haemorrhage.

S.K. Das, via email