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AFTER George W. Bush now it was P. Chidambaram’s turn. The shoe flung by a journalist at the home minister is nothing but dissatisfaction towards our law system.....

April 7, 2009 1:57:13 am

•AFTER George W. Bush now it was P. Chidambaram’s turn. The shoe flung by a journalist at the home minister is nothing but dissatisfaction towards our law system. Thus it seems that such cases are bound to happen. We talked and heard much that justice delayed is justice denied,but what if even after waiting long for justice we get injustice? I am reminded of a stanza by Ravindra Jain: “Dukh tera ho ya dukh mera ho,dukh ki paribhasha

to ek hi hai.”

— Bhavesh C. Jani

Nala Sopara (East)

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On identity

•COMPLIMENTS to Javed Anand for placing the beard controversy that followed the Supreme Court Justice Katju’s recent remarks in a proper perspective (‘Whose Islam is it anyway’,IE,April 6). It is a pity that liberal voices are mute or often drowned in the cacophony of parochial elements,emphasising needless identity symbols. Hence,Javed Anand’s exposition of liberal aspects of the faith,in preference to physical symbols,was timely.

— M. Ratan

New Delhi

•IN Islam,a dress is supposed to serve the specific purpose of covering the body with the additional ones of adornment and beautification. To this end,certain guidelines have been provided for men and women. A woman is expected to cover her body excepting hands and face. She may not adopt the traditional black burqa as is commonly observed,but she is supposed to put on garments which adhere to the basic guidelines. These guidelines were and are the same for all the Muslim women including the ladies of the Prophet’s household. Certain verses in the Holy Quran pertaining to women’s dress may have been symbolically addressed to the wives of the Prophet,since they are held in very high esteem. But through them,the injunction s are meant for all the Muslim women at large. We do not require the services of a mullah or a Javed Anand to interpret them.

— Safiya Sameena


Nehruvian value

•INDER Malhotra’s informative column ‘A first principles disagreement’ (IE,April 3) brought to relief the vibrant democratic traditions prevalent in the Indian National Congress. It is worth noting that despite his sharp differences with Purushottam Das Tandon,the cabinet headed by Jawaharlal Nehru conferred the Bharat Ratna on Tandon in 1961. Nehruvian tolerance and democratic respect for a rival are values worth being cherished. Differences and debate were sinews of the party which brought freedom and ushered in democracy.

— S. Bhattacharya

New Delhi

Bitter win

•CONGRATULATIONS to Team India on winning the Test series in New Zealand. But we could not win it 2-0. Rain was forecast well in advance (on the third day itself) but the batsmen played out extra sessions for an unwanted lead. I think no other team wanting to be number one would be so defensive.

— Amjad K. Maruf


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