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APROPOS ‘Dimapur snapshots’ by Ipsita Chakravarty (IE, March 25), the Dimapur lynching is a terrible reflection of this land of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, known all over the world for its fundamental belief in tolerance, peaceful coexistence and rule of law. While many like myself wouldn’t even be able to look at the images of the lynching, it is disgusting and disturbing — and deeply shameful — that some persons enthusiastically eulogised and memorialised the crime.
— K.K. Chug
SC to the rescue
THIS refers to the editorial, ‘#VictoryForFreedom’ (IE, March 25). By striking down the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act, the Supreme Court has fulfilled the hopes and aspirations of the “netizens” of India. Section 66A was incorporated in the IT Act through an amendment in 2008, ostensibly to check the growing culture of “e-stalking” and sending malicious and vulgar content to women. Rather than utilising the vast potential of the act for the benefit of society, unfortunately, politicians deployed it to harass citizens who hurt their egos. In light of the misuse of the act and the fact that it was abhorrent to our fundamental right to freedom of expression, the Supreme Court’s judgment is timely and welcome. The court asserted that in a vibrant democracy like India, citizens are entitled to certain inalienable rights that no government is empowered to tinker with. These rights are part of the basic structure of our Constitution and are an intrinsic component of our public life.
— Gaurav Kapoor
THE Supreme Court has once again protected the rights of the people by quashing Section 66A of the IT Act, which was routinely abused by those in positions of power to suppress dissent and criticism. The banning of movies and books by the state has always raised a storm but has, unfortunately, become routine. In contrast, social media and the internet was a no-holds-barred platform for the people to have their say. Remember, however, that the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of expression but this is subject to reasonable restrictions. The abuse of the freedom of expression is as bad as the abuse of legislation.
— M.C. Joshi
Rot at the top?
THE Vyapam scam is getting murkier with each passing day. Shailesh Yadav was not questioned by the special task force, despite being served a notice. The taint has reached the highest levels of government with Governor Ram Naresh Yadav also being accused. The BJP should be worried that some of its “clean” chief ministers are embroiled in controversy.
— Ganapathi Bhat