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THE debate on the relevance of the mangalsutra was offensive and bound to hurt Hindu sentiments.

Updated: March 16, 2015 12:18:46 am

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The churning
This refers to ‘Something borrowed’ by Christophe Jaffrelot (IE, March 14). The internal crisis gripping the AAP is nothing new in Indian politics. In the Congress, we recently saw Amarinder Singh launch war against Partap Singh Bajwa. In the BJP, before Narendra Modi was anointed as supreme leader, the L.K. Advani camp was pitched against the Modi faction. In the SP, we saw Amar Singh falling out with Mulayam Singh Yadav. The AAP is going through its own churning. The public must not fall prey to the propaganda of vested interests that the party is sinking. Arvind Kejriwal must take stock of the internal crisis — this should be his priority. The egos and personal interests of some leaders will have to take a back seat. The morale of its spirited volunteer force must be boosted. Kejriwal must allow the AAP to grow so that it can offer India an alternative politics at the national level. But this can only happen if the party’s state units are given greater autonomy.
— R.D. Singh

An iron fist
This refers to the editorial, ‘Tide of illiberalism’ (IE, March 13). Sometimes, I feel really ashamed of my country. Unscrupulous persons with vested interests incite mobs to create law and order problems on the pretext of “morality”, “culture” and “religion”. The government must deal with such persons and organisations with an iron hand. All these self-appointed “guardians of society” should be put behind bars for life.
— R.K. Kapoor

THE debate on the relevance of the mangalsutra was offensive and bound to hurt Hindu sentiments. How could the channel not realise that the programme would have repelled devout Hindus, who consider the mangalsutra to be sacred? Even when you purchase it in a goldsmith’s shop, it is not simply handed over across the counter. First, it is reverently placed before an idol or picture of god. Only then is it given to the purchaser. Offending Hindu sentiment seems to be fashionable these days.
— V.N. Ramachandran

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Dangerous precedent
APROPOS ‘Kerala: Opposition to block budget speech by Mani’ (IE, March 13), the opposition in the Kerala legislative assembly has chosen to stall the presentation of the budget in a violent manner. What a shameful day for democracy and for Kerala. Not letting the minister present the budget will not prove a point. In fact, it is setting a dangerous precedent. The opposition should have faith in the legal system of the country. The bribery charges against the finance minister will be decided in a court of law.
— Prithvi Joshi

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