The opposing views aired by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Kiren Rijiju on beef-eating point to the diversity of this country and the onus this places on the government to focus on issues of governance rather than interfering with food choices of citizens (‘Rijiju gives it back to Naqvi: I eat beef, can anyone stop me?’, IE, May 27). Naqvi needs to know that there is no dearth of non-Muslim, non-Christian people
in India who have eaten beef for generations. If he was trying to curry favour with hardline elements, this was clearly not the time to do it. As a minister and the Muslim face of the BJP, Naqvi would do well to intervene more energetically in problems faced by minorities.
J. Akshay, Bangalore
This refers to the editorial ‘Both J and K’ (IE, May 28). I agree that the AIIMS question in Jammu and Kashmir could be settled through a need-based approach. The lack of proper medical services for poor people residing in inaccessible areas in the Valley makes a strong case for having a new AIIMS there. Even more so when the new IIT and IIM are going to be located in Jammu. Such higher education and public health issues should not be looked at through the prism of either Muslim (PDP) or Hindu (BJP) dominance. Accordingly, the coalition government in J&K must broaden its outlook and its priorities should lie in the overall development and equitable growth of J&K as a whole.
S. Kumar, Delhi
Propaganda around the upcoming Bihar assembly elections is entirely focused on the caste of the future mukhya mantri. Incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is banking on the support of men from his Kurmi caste to sustain him. Erstwhile CM Jiten Ram Manjhi
is portraying himself as the sole claimant of the Mahadalit vote bank. Lalu Prasad can rule only by proxy and, as such, has to appeal to his Yadav clan to enthrone either his wife or one of two children, Misa Bharati or Tejaswi. The BJP is watching these developments from the sidelines and will jump into the fray at the right moment.
Arun Malankar, Mumbai
Apropos ‘Home moves SC in showdown with AAP’ (IE, May 28), the way Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is levelling allegations against Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, accusing him of conspiring with the Centre against his government, is unprecedented. Opinions of legal luminaries and constitutional experts on the Union home ministry’s notification are divided. The Delhi High Court termed the notification “suspect” and the Delhi assembly has passed a resolution against it. It is good the Centre has moved the Supreme Court. The SC is the final arbitrator on constitutional matters, and its ruling will settle the controversy once and for all.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow