Letter of the Week Award
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This refers to ‘Wear burqa, step out to see what people think of you’ (IE, June 18). The opinion expressed by senior advocate Dushyant Dave, the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, has come not a day too soon. Many citizens feel the same way but do not dare express themselves publicly for fear of being hauled in for contempt of court. The justice delivery system unfortunately is not the same for everyone, as Dave has observed. The National Judicial Appointments Commission may not be a panacea, but it is a step forward.
V. Chandramohan, Mumbai
2015 is not 1975
Apropos ‘Forces that can crush democracy are stronger.I don’t have the confidence it (Emergency) cannot happen again’ (IE, June 18). Having lost all hope of fulfilling his prime ministerial ambition, L.K. Advani is a frustrated man who has not come to terms with his irrelevance in changed times. By saying that at present, the forces that can crush democracy are stronger, he has clearly targeted Narendra Modi and the government led by his own party. Advani’s comment is the rant of a disgruntled leader whose time has passed. The India of 2015 is not the India of 1975, nor is there a JP, an Indira Gandhi or a Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
Charles Correa was an inspiration for generations of architects and urban planners (‘Correa’s works were ahead of time’, IE, June 18). The finesse with which he blended old traditions with modern ideas has no peers. He was perhaps the first Indian architect who conceptualised the role of climate in building design — the lush green areas surrounding many of his creations in Bangalore stand testimony to this. Correa firmly believed that architecture cannot be taught; it has to be learnt. The winner of many awards, Correa taught at many universities in India and abroad. He was also an activist, theoretician and teacher for his colleagues. May he rest in peace.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
Why is our prime minister, who is usually very active on Twitter, silent on “Lalitgate”? Is he shielding key members of his party who are involved in muddy deals with a fugitive? “Achche din aane waale hain” was Narendra Modi’s catchphrase before the election, but it seems that while “bahut achche din” have come for our politicians, the common man’s burdens have not eased. While PM Modi is
a man with a clean image, the same cannot be said of the people around him, and scams continue to plague the country, even though the BJP’s electoral promise was one of transparency in governance.
S.N. Kabra, Mumbai