Theatre of the absurd
This refers to ‘Not above the law’ (IE, January 23). I agree that Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti must step aside pending the probe into his midnight law-enforcement activities, which were thoroughly disgraceful besides being illegal. It is unfortunate that a party which came to power on a promise to uphold the rule of law should shy away from taking action against a minister who clearly abhors that concept. Many had hoped that the rise of the AAP would trigger a cleansing of our politics and change the prevailing political culture for the better. People are sorely disappointed with the AAP and its theatre of the absurd. The aam aadmi wants good governance and not political gimmickry. Having come to power, the party must control its vigilante instincts and instead make a serious effort to correct the system from within. Those who argue that it is too early to pass judgement on the AAP government will do well to remember that the seeds of the self destruction of the Janata government in the Seventies were sown in its first week of operation.
— Naren N. Joshi
This refers to the editorial ‘We, the mob’ (IE, January 24). The Birbhum salishi sabha’s method of dealing with the “inappropriate” romantic relationship of a 20-year-old woman by levying a fine of Rs 50,000 on her family was barbaric. Worse, when her family was unable to pay the fine, she was “punished” by sexual violence. I wonder how long we have to wait for Indian women to be truly independent. When will women be free of this type of community justice? Can women ever live without fear in this country? Can I ever live my life unregulated by others? Will I ever be able to read a newspaper that does not have a report about the degradation of a woman’s dignity?
— Vandana Maurya
THIS refers to ‘The wave, the waning’ by Ashutosh Varshney (IE, January 24). The AAP’s carefully cultivated image has been shattered to smithereens after its dharna and refusal to sack the blundering Delhi law minister, Somnath Bharti. One of their main pillars of support and financing, the urban middle class, has suddenly realised that the AAP is not the party that they had thought it was. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his band of men are just a bunch of agitators and protesters. They do not have governance on their minds. Pan-India expansion should be the last thing they attempt right now. Governance should be their main preoccupation if they want to survive.
— C.V. Aravind
THE RBI’s attempt to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to 2005 from circulation is welcome. This move is aimed at removing old notes that were issued before the new security features were introduced. But the RBI needs to shed some clarity on how this will be done. It is mostly people who have a stock of black money in cash who will have to exchange their old currency notes for new ones.
— Rajiv Boolchand Jain