Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week Award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to editpage @expressindia.com or sent to The Indian Express, 9&10, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi -110002.
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Letter to the Editor
THIS refers to ‘Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh’ (IE, March 31). Avijit Roy’s brutal murder is still fresh in memory and once again an attack on freedom of speech and expression has taken place. On Monday, blogger Washiqur Rahman Babu was brutally hacked to death by three men in Dhaka. The recent spate of attacks on liberal and secular-minded individuals is indicative of the resurgence of intolerance and the breakdown of the law and order machinery. Islamic fundamentalists are being given a free hand and the resulting political turmoil has engulfed and paralysed the country. It is to be hoped that the warring political factions read the writing on the wall and come to a settlement before it is too late for the “idea of Bangladesh”— a secular, liberal, multicultural and tolerant nation — to survive.
— Amritpal Singh
THIS refers to ‘Punjab panel books Muslims, Christians with “fake” SC papers’ (IE, March 31). It is condemnable how the Supreme Court judgment, which asserted that anyone who “re-converts” to Hinduism could avail of the benefits of reservation if his/ her forefathers were Scheduled Castes and if he/ she is accepted back by the community, is being used as a tool in the “ghar wapsi” campaign. In a different case, the same Supreme Court had ruled that caste cannot be the sole criteria for reservations. Caste and class are not coterminous and a combination of various indicators, including social, economic and educational backwardness, needs to be used to decide the reservation question. A biased and faulty interpretation of the Constitution has led to an unfortunate state of affairs where apex court judgments are used by vested interests to accomplish nefarious aims. There is an urgent need to restore the confidence of the minorities in the non-negotiable secular credentials of the nation.
— Nivedita Dwivedi
Price is right?
Dhanmanjiri Sathe’s ‘What the states got right’ (IE, March 31) has shed new light on the issue of land acquisition. The success of Maharashtra and Gujarat in conducting acquisition amicably, thanks to the flexibility available to the acquiring agency to negotiate with farmers, puts a question mark on the 2013 land act.
— M.C. Joshi
Speak up, Anna
ANNA HAZARE has been struggling, agitating, sitting on hunger strike for the perfect, foolproof Lokpal. But on Sunday, his chief disciple, Arvind Kejriwal, sacked the AAP’s internal lokpal because he did not toe the line. Hazare should publicly chastise Kejriwal.
— J.K. Mago