This refers to the editorial, ‘Death of a farmer’ (IE, April 24). The reasons that apparently drove Gajendra Singh to commit suicide at the AAP rally in Delhi have not come out of the blue. His suicide is not the first and sadly it won’t be the last. Still, our parties are shedding copious crocodile tears and blaming each other for his death — instead of putting their heads together to address the perennial problems that have forced so many farmers to cut short their lives.
— Hema, Langeri
* I am really hurt by the kind of politics that is being played out over the death of a farmer. Rather than making farmers aware of new policies, incentives and insurance benefits, politicians are fighting over who is to blame. In a true democracy, a people-centric government does not restrict itself to blame games and token appearances at hospitals or funerals. It pays heed to the real problems of farmers. We have elected not only the prime minister and ministers but all the parliamentarians and state legislators, who are equally responsible for the plight of farmers. The need of the hour is to present a united front by maintaining democratic ethics and reaching out to aam aadmis.
— Aparajita Singh, Delhi
For the Record
I urge the honourable speaker not to expunge Bhagwant Mann’s remarks from the record of Lok Sabha proceedings (‘An “expunged” remark under “reconsideration”’, IE, April 24). The AAP MP just took a satirical dig at the prime minister’s Mann ki Baat radio programme in the backdrop of the rural and farm distress. If we are unable to appreciate healthy humour and flourishes of eloquence, our parliamentary democracy will be poorer for it. No minister or politician should be a holy cow. Of late, BJP politicians have developed the peculiar habit of giving credit to the PM for every real or imagined achievement of the government. There is nothing wrong if an opposition member makes a critical observation about the PM. Will the honourable speaker also be expunging all out-of-context laudatory observations about the PM?
— Sukumar Shidore, Pune
Catch Them Young
By clearing the amendments to the juvenile justice act and allowing juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 to be tried and punished as adults for heinous offences, the cabinet has ignored the parliamentary standing committee report and our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
— Ashish R. Barbde, Delhi