The self-appointed moral police are not really the best advertisement for Indian culture. In a letter earlier this week,S. Rajagopalan from Chennai,argued that if Sri Rama Sene were indeed sincere,they would have preferred other means of protest.
Letter of the Week
• The Sri Rama Sene that assaulted women at a Mangalore pub consists of nothing but goons. If they were serious about preserving Indian culture,they would first and foremost have adopted other means for registering their disgust with the ways of the world. It is imperative for the authorities to proscribe this gang and severely punish the perpetrators of the assault. Many of us may be concerned with changing social norms or permissiveness,but we cant for a moment forget the distinction between means and ends. Sri Rama Senes means proved their ends were distinct from what they claimed those to be.
• Faculty reservations at Indian institutes do need subtler approaches. Faculty appointments should privilege the quality of a candidate over all other qualifications or disqualifications. The forthcoming Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in posts and services) Bill,2008 should contain provisions to de-reserve such vacant seats,which may then be offered to the deserving candidates.
• Terrorists are an undeniable threat to society but,Arijit Pasayat,the Supreme Court judge who created a controversy by labelling terrorists with animals,should have conveyed his message differently. An apex court judges words,especially in high profiles cases,dont remain confined to the courtroom but are heard or read by millions,some of whom would also be law students.
• This refers to Dhiraj Nayyars Republic of control. Justice Kauls judgment is a landmark verdict favouring the creative development of this generation. Films serve as mere entertainment and an escape mechanism,and thus the Union health ministers attempt to ban smoking on screen is unnecessary.
• Speaking of freedom,is it not worth remembering that we live in society,and that in society conventions and customs are a key to our behavioural norms? Freedom,however,does not permit people to go by their whims and fancies alone,without taking into account other peoples views. Yet,social policing by an individual or a group should by no means be allowed.
Khagendra C. Das
• With the general elections round the corner,it becomes the duty of the major political parties to put their respective alliances in order. It would be in the national interest that the verdict be not fractured. Those heading the Congress and the BJP will need to step up their efforts. As far as the Congress is concerned,Sonia Gandhi should endorse Manmohan Singh as PM since he is universally respected.
Parimal Y. Mehta
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