• It is unfortunate that a journalist behaved in an indecent manner,by throwing shoe at the home minister. He has already apologised by saying that it was not the right way but that the issue he raised is right. When justice is done it should be felt by the people that actually justice is done. It is for the courts to decide the matter and the final verdict must be respected and accepted by everyone.
But the fact remains that whatever rules,regulations and laws be on the statute books,they must be strictly implemented for all. Most politicians feel the law should be based on what they think and do. The actual law is meant only for poor citizens.
Even when the law is applied to these politicians,the end result in most cases is neglibible,as mostly evidence fails to reach the courts of law and they are acquitted. Or is it the case that most cases against politicians are false?
• The shoe-hurling incident at the Congress headquarters in Delhi has led to both media and public attention over the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots. It made the Congresss position more awkward on Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. Though the manner of protest of the journalist was not right,he said he could not control his emotions on such a sensitive issue. Also,the home minister should be appreciated for his cool response.
I am also surprised why political parties are fielding candidates with criminal records.
• This refers to your editorial Sole baring. I agree,a journalist is always expected to report truth without bias,but the current scenario that is,cut-throat competition,economic crisis and the frustration which every middle-class man faces makes many act out of frustration.
• This refers to the article No easy way out by K. Shankar Bajpai. It is true that the situation is now completely out of the control of Pakistan in tackling terror and encroachment by the Taliban.
As an immediate neighbour we cannot keep quiet,knowing as we do the disastrous threat knocking at our door. India should be proactive to bring stability in the region,for our own sake. Pakistan on the other hand badly needs Indias help in bringing the situation under control rather than its strong criticism. But neither Pakistan nor India is willing to shake hands because of an age-old politics of vendetta.
Both should now realise the necessity to unite to reduce tensions in the region.
Saumya Brata Panda
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