One may be willing to concede that “secularism” will not die completely because of democratic systems, the Constitution and a strong higher judiciary.
I was comforted and delighted to read Shekhar Gupta’s article, ‘Secularism is dead!’ (IE, April 19).
The BCCI has decided to constitute a three-member panel to investigate allegations of spot fixing and betting.
The void left by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the literary world will be impossible to fill.
* This refers to the editorial ‘Agit and prop’ (IE, January 21). The events that are playing out in Delhi — Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal going on dharna, his law minister taking the law into his own hands, and his party supporters coming out onto the streets in support of the CM — are an elaborate political drama. It seems that Kejriwal feels more comfortable agitating than governing. He seems to have realised that governance is easier said than done and that he can’t fulfil even half of what he has promised voters in Delhi. The Congress must be cursing itself for supporting the AAP government.
— K. Ashok Kumar
* Arvind Kejriwal and his stormtroopers have created a law and order problem in Delhi, where the AAP is in power and should, on the contrary, be upholding the rule of law. The dharna drama is forcing even staunch supporters of the party to rethink their confidence in it. Kejriwal is being shockingly obstinate in spite of the Union home minister’s assurance that once the judicial investigation into the matter of policemen refusing to obey the Delhi law minister’s orders is completed, appropriate action will be initiated. The sheer impetuousness and immaturity being shown by the AAP clearly proves that, at best, they only have a subversive agenda.
— C.V. Aravind
Out of order
* This refers to ‘Jaitley wants Lokpal ads withdrawn, writes to PM, selection panel’ (IE, January 21). On January 16, the Central government issued a notification bringing into force the Lokpal Act. This was followed by the issuing of advertisements for the post of chairman and members of the lokpal by the Department of Personnel and Training. One fails to understand why the DoPT is involved in the selection process. The lokpal is not meant to be just another organ of the executive. The selection process is the domain of the selection committee as specified under the act. This committee has not even been formed yet.
— Hemant Kumar
* This refers to ‘How they killed our factories’ by Jaithirth Rao (IE, January 20). The government deserves the sting that the writer delivered. The tax demand on Nokia is higher than their investment in their Chennai factory — reportedly their largest worldwide — which employs about 8,000 people. Exotic tax demands are in vogue. Such issues, uppermost in the minds of investors, don’t seem to be a priority for the Congress party or UPA government.
— C. Chandrasekhar