* This refers to Reel politik by Shubhra Gupta (IE,August 28). The hullabaloo over Madras Café in Tamil Nadu is irrational and reflects an attitude of intolerance. The plight of Sri Lankan Tamils is a legitimate and sensitive issue for the people of Tamil Nadu. However,we must not let our emotions get the better of us. Lets not forget how Indias muddled foreign policy,in the late 1980s,made Sri Lanka Indias Vietnam,and ultimately resulted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and the killing of countless Sri Lankan Tamils.
* This refers to The real deterrent by G.P. Joshi (IE,August 27). I completely agree with the writer that the law is not the solution to everything. Our judicial process takes too long to decide matters and our police force is incompetent at investigating crime. As a result,the accused in rape cases rarely get convicted. The writer is,therefore,correct in saying that certainty of punishment is the only deterrent that will cause the frequency of rape and other crimes against women to fall. The current state of affairs is a damning indictment of our judiciary and police. That one of the rapists in the recent Mumbai gangrape case was a police informer is ironic.
Arms and the nation
* This refers to Nuclear weapons,costs and myths by Chinmaya R. Gharekhan (IE,August 27). It is questionable whether nuclear weapons have made us more secure against potential adversaries,particularly Pakistan. Indira Gandhis decision to test our first nuclear device,in 1974,started a nuclear arms race in the Subcontinent. After Pokhran-I,the then prime minister of Pakistan,Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,had famously declared that Pakistanis would eat grass but build the bomb. Both nations had built the bomb by the end of the 1990s. India has now lost its superiority,in terms of conventional weapons,over Pakistan. We can now only wage a Kargil-style defensive war against Pakistan. A military operation like the one carried out to liberate Bangladesh is no longer possible. Nuclear weapons constrained our choices and ensured that we did not take military action against Pakistan despite the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Job well done
* I welcome the passage of the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill by the Rajya Sabha which,among other things,grants a divorced woman a legal share in property that her ex-husband has inherited or stands to inherit (Splitting the difference,IE,August 28). This law will stand as guarantee for the financial security of divorced women. A job well done by our parliamentarians.