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Apropos ‘Ban intolerance’ (IE, December 30), it is a matter of great sorrow that in a democratic country where the right to express ideas is enshrined in the Constitution, authors are constantly threatened. Mathorubagan is a work of fiction, in which the writer throws light on the beliefs of the people in Tiruchengode. Even if […]

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December 30, 2014 11:31:37 pm

Apropos ‘Ban intolerance’ (IE, December 30), it is a matter of great sorrow that in a democratic country where the right to express ideas is enshrined in the Constitution, authors are constantly threatened. Mathorubagan is a work of fiction, in which the writer throws light on the beliefs of the people in Tiruchengode. Even if it did hurt the sentiments of a community, it does not give bigots the licence to threaten the author or burn copies of the book. The Constitution allows all offended parties to lodge their protest within the framework of law. The undemocratic action of the bigots is tantamount to an assault on the rights of
a citizen.
— Shiv Sethi (Ferozepur)

Dhoni’s googly
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Test matches is a shocker. With stars like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman quitting the game only under pressure, the abrupt end of Dhoni’s Test career comes as a surprise. Our overseas record under Dhoni is very poor. He ought to have batted higher up in the order to give the side much-needed confidence. After leading the team for so long, Dhoni is still a beginner.
— C.K. Subramaniam (Mumbai)

Only superstition
I welcome the message against superstitious beliefs in the name of religion, embodied in the Aamir Khan starrer, PK. I recommend exempting the film from entertainment taxes. It is bound to benefit millions of students across the country and encourage a scientific temperament. The hue and cry made by some so-called religious leaders and outfits might be ignored. The film’s storyline questions the exploitation of devotees in the name of religion. It is natural that such religious leaders and institutions feel threatened. I congratulate the Central Board of Film Certification chairperson, who rejected the idea of reviewing the screening certificate for the film.
Swami Agnivesh (Delhi)

No red lines
When the BJP won a decisive majority in the general elections, the secular dogmatists felt that the dark side had won, while others felt that it wasn’t fair to pass judgement on a government till it had done some governing. But now, reading the news, I personally feel that the BJP’s hand is everywhere for the wrong reasons. The empathy for Nathuram Godse, the division of the world into Hindu virtue and non-Hindu vice, the belief that India’s religious minorities are basically Hindus, are staples of the BJP’s politics. The fact that the BJP has aired them enthusiastically in the course of its first seven months in office should surprise no one. As Ashutosh Varshney said in ‘The 2015 question’ (IE, December 30), India’s prime minister, in spite of having grown up with the RSS ideology, has also taken a constitutional oath to be the leader of the nation, which includes millions of non-Hindus.
J.S. Acharya (Hyderabad)

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