Clear the air
* This refers to Maya and SP blunt BJPs Vadra attack (IE,August 14). It is true that Robert Vadra should not have to stop running his business because he is related to the Gandhis. Wild accusations must not be thrown at him merely because of whom he is related to. At the same time,Vadra must answer the legitimate questions that are being raised about his dealings. Sonia Gandhi must allow Parliament to discuss this matter and prevail on her government to institute a probe of some kind. She should also break her silence and talk to us,give us an explanation. The fact that Sonia Gandhi was out shopping for home furnishings (Home shopping,IE,August 13),while Parliament was paralysed over the Vadra issue is unfortunate.
* The SP and BSP probably refrained from cooperating with the BJP in raising the Vadra issue because both parties have scams and disproportionate assets cases of their own. They would not want to upset the Congress too much.
A matter of right
*R.K. VIJS article (A reparative justice,IE,August 13) on compensation for rape victims hit the nail on the head. We focus excessively on punishing the rapist,and not enough on taking care of the victim. The writer was correct to suggest that compensation must be viewed as the victims right. Not only should the compensation amount be generous,but the procedure for awarding it must also be simple and time-bound.
*This refers to Narendra Modi gets nod to visit Britain,to speak of The future of modern India
(IE,August 13). Our fascination with anything foreign is remarkable. We must learn to be a little more proportionate and restrained in our responses to Indian leaders being invited to speak overseas. The 2006 invitation to Lalu Prasad to address students from Harvard University and the Wharton School was quite a bolt from the blue. At the time,it was seen as the ultimate seal of approval. More recently,when Modi was invited,and then disinvited,to address students at Wharton,it created,rather unnecessarily,a storm in a teacup. Now that the British House of Commons has invited
Modi to speak on the future of India,many people
will be pleased as punch,and an equal number will be seething. Let us not get ahead of ourselves. The more relevant seal of approval can only be
given by the Indian people,come election time.