Your report The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying govt,(IE,April 4) is surely a classic example of sensational reporting by the media. In case the army wanted to do anything against the democratic government,there would be no need to move troops from outside because sufficient numbers are available in Delhi. Moreover,if the units wanted to conduct a coup against the civilian authority,then why was the air force not taken into confidence? On the other hand,people are a bit confused by the armys explanation that it was all a usual fog-time exercise. If so,then why was protocol,that any military movement in the National Capital Region has to be notified to the ministry of defence,not followed?
Bidyut K. Chatterjee
APROPOS The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying govt,the news is bereft of logic. First,why will the army chief move his units on the same day he moved the Supreme Court over his date of birth? If his intention was military action,then his appealing to the SC would become meaningless. It cannot be that he just wanted to scare the government. Second,the fact that the C130J planes were not at Hindon (and Para units still made a movement),shows it was a dry trial by only the army units and the air force. If the air force were to be involved,then notifying
Pakistan would have been required.
IT IS no small tragedy that the Sikhs of Punjab,who successfully fought the Khalistani separatist violence,under K.P.S. Gill,then director general of police,seem to have succumbed to the issue of clemency for the convicted assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. Hence,in a timely and courageous article,Hanging in balance IE,April 4),Gill has called the bluff of all sections of Punjab politicians,underlining their spinelessness.
Reading it wrong
IN Confronting Life (IE,March 31),the reviewer,Rashmi Sadana,seems to be floundering in the powerful current of democratic consciousness represented by South Indian Dalit literature,thanks to her incorrect assessment of the two very different anthologies she has lumped together. As a translator of Dalit literature,
I am disturbed by No Alphabet in Sight,a catchily dismissive title,because it suggests Dalits are inarticulate and incoherent. They certainly are not,as can be seen by the readers of the second anthology,Tamil Dalit Writing,mentioned sketchily in the review .