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THE decision to roll back the fare hike for Mumbai’s suburban railways is definitely not a welcome one. By giving in to the pressures of coalition politics, the BJP has set the wrong precedent. It has prioritised the appeasement of political parties over taking bold decisions to boost the economy. With the railways suffering daily losses going into crores of rupees in Mumbai alone, the fare hike would have gone a long way in raising much-needed capital for developing the infrastructure, currently in a dismal state, of the suburban railways. The funds would have been handy for solving the platform height issue, cleaning the rakes and railway stations. It is time we start supporting bold measures for the sake of our economy and a better future.
— Karthik Ganesh
THIS refers to ‘Gujarat government may declare Palitana “veg-only” zone’ (IE, June 26). I am a Jain and am against animal slaughter. I don’t eat non-vegetarian food because it is against my religion’s principles of non-violence. But this does not give me the right to abridge other people’s religious and cultural rights. Who am I to decide what other people should eat or not? Just because Palitana is a holy city for Jains does not mean Jain monks should coerce the government into granting their unconstitutional demands by going on a hunger strike. And the government should certainly not have capitulated.
— Utsav Jain
THIS refers to ‘Maharashtra government okays 16 per cent quota for Marathas, 5 per cent for Muslims (IE, June 25). The Maharashtra government has given its approval for 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and 5 per cent for 50 backward Muslim communities in government jobs and education institutions in the state. This takes the total to 73 per cent. Was this decision taken with an eye on elections or motivated by the cause of social justice? The SC has ruled that the overall percentage of reserved seats must not exceed 50 per cent. However, there are states that exceed this limit. Tamil Nadu, for example. The laudable intentions of the framers of our Constitution in providing for reservation as a tool for the upliftment of disadvantaged sections is, unfortunately, misused for political gain.
— A.R. Sathyanarayanan
THIS refers to ‘If there were no governors’ by Suhas Palshikar (IE, June 26). The writer has pointed out the vestigial nature of the governor’s office in simple language. It is indeed a good option to make it mandatory for governors to relinquish their office whenever
there is a change in the Central leadership.
— Vasant S. Dhupkar