Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week Award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to editpage @expressindia.com or sent to The Indian Express, B1/B, Sector 10, Noida, (U.P), 201301
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The winner receives books worth Rs 1,000.
Jumping the gun
THIS refers to ‘Five SIMI activists shot dead on way to court in Telangana’ (IE, April 8), which mentioned that “among the dead is Vikaruddin Ahmed, who killed two cops and terrorised them in Hyderabad by targeting them whenever possible”. It is remarkable that such casual assertions and loose language were allowed to appear in a national daily reputed for reporting the facts. The police told The Indian Express that “Vikaruddin and his associates, continuously incited the armed escort by spitting at them, taunting and abusing them as soon as they started from Warangal”. The report went on to add that Vikaruddin was “a former SIMI activist and member of the radical social outfit Darsgah Jehad O Shahadat” and that he had “made some daring attacks on police pickets on the anniversaries of Babri Masjid and Mecca Masjid blast”. Had he been found guilty by a court of law for the said activities? Probably not since he was attending court as an undertrial. But that didn’t stop the paper from suggesting that he had done it.
— Shadab Arab
Violating the oath
APROPOS the editorial, ‘With friends like these’ (IE, April 14), the Modi government has done well to strongly condemn the demand of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who advocated that Muslims be stripped of their voting rights. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the suggestion was unacceptable and that the right to vote is a constitutional right of all citizens, irrespective of their religion. The BJP has clearly distanced itself from Raut’s absurd and unconstitutional call.
— M.C. Joshi
The parliamentary affairs minister is duty bound to urge all NDA MPs to have faith in and bear allegiance to our Constitution — as has been affirmed by them while taking oath as MPs. By making irresponsible remarks, they are signalling that they as well as their party are absolutely ignorant of the basic tenets of the Indian Constitution. Such politicians deserve
to be denied tickets to contest elections.
— H. Mathilakath
Killing the act
THE Delhi High Court has pulled up the Centre for the delay in appointing a chief information commissioner and three Central information commissioners. It has, in fact, asked for time until May to make the appointments. Meanwhile, staggering numbers of RTI applications are pending. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recognised that the RTI Act is vital for achieving maximum governance, his administration’s procrastination could be interpreted as an attempt to suppress the act.
— C. Koshy John