This refers to the editorials State of drift (IE,July 14) and The Land of Chup (IE,July 15) on the rabble-rousing in Maharashtra. These pieces covered most of the salient points involved,like the political posturing,absence of a saner voice,attempts to throttle the freedom of expression and sidelining of development.
However,the other side of the coin also merits pondering and debate. Freedom of expression has been held in so much awe that the consequences of impetuosity passing for artistic afflatus,in terms of public resentment and social cost,have been ignored. Vijay Tendulkars play maligning the historical character Nana Faranwis,M.F. Husains depiction of Hindu goddesses,and the MS University episode come to mind. Are these supposedly irresistible artistic urges so significant to society in general and the artists in particular? Like workers in any other field,artists must be accountable to society.
Stuck with plans
This isnt the first time that charges have been levelled against the Planning Commission (Unravelling the Plan,IE,July 14). Even in its heyday,parliamentarians like M.R. Masani and H.V. Kamath were opposed to the idea of having an extra-constitutional body like the commission,which in theory may be an advisory body but in practice wields real and effective power. Its domain overlaps with those of ministries. Today,our economy is globally integrated and the rules of the game have changed. The existence of multiple decision-making bodies hampers decision-making,produces needless delay and obstructs speedy implementation of projects.
Mumbaites must thank their destiny that the little gas in chlorine cylinders was insufficient to cause casualties. Time and again,its proven that democracy is for rich people by rich people. The poor neither have faith in the city administration nor the resources for legal justice. Keeping the Bhopal gas victims waiting for their dues for 25 years is a proof that democratic institutions have failed to deliver. Are we not casual in accepting such accidents as routine?
This refers to the editorial Chiefs apology (IE,July 15).
It is not hard to understand why Mulayam Singh Yadav apologised to the Muslim community for aligning with Kalyan Singh in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. But why he chose to do it now is something he needs to explain,because he abandoned Kalyan Singh long ago. His apology now means that he knows that elections in UP are near,and he cannot afford to lose this large chunk of his vote-bank. The
BSP has emerged as the strongest force in UP,and Mulayam was rebuffed by the Congress. His desperation is clearly showing.