Updated: January 31, 2015 12:00:32 am
This refers to ‘Fadnavis government to protect old cows’ (IE, January 28). Protecting old cows is not an issue of any socioeconomic significance. It does not warrant state attention. The cow has cultural and religious significance for Hindus. If any individual or organisation wants to protect old cows, they are free to do so. But a debt-ridden state like Maharashtra should not waste taxpayers’ money on such economically unproductive business. Instead the state should focus on pressing concerns like malnutrition, public health and drought mitigation.
— Kiran Jagtap, Pune
1948 once more
Apropos the editorial, ‘Secularism, no question’ (IE, January 30), are those raising a hue and cry over the advertisement issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting on Republic Day — it showed the original Preamble of the Constitution — saying that India is a secular nation because the words “secular” and “socialist” were inserted in the Preamble in 1976? An amendment moved in the Constituent Assembly in 1948 to add these words to the Constitution was rejected by B.R. Ambedkar, who said : “If you state in the Constitution that the social organisation of the state shall take a particular form, you are, in my judgement, taking away the liberty of the people to decide what should be the social organisation in which they wish to live.” It may be recalled that these words were inserted in the Preamble during the Emergency, the darkest chapter of our republic, by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, when the Opposition benches were empty. India has been a secular country over the centuries and bid farewell to the ideology of socialism in 1991.
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— M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
The obsession of politicians and the media with sensationalisation rather than content knows no bounds. The ongoing discussion on the Preamble to the Constitution is the perfect example. A print advertisement served as the starting point of a furious debate on the inclusion of the words “secular” and “socialist” in the Preamble. Today’s India can not be categorised as a socialist state by any stretch of the imagination. Just as the presence of this word in the Preamble has not stopped the nation from organising its economy in a manner best suited for growth and development, the non-debatable secular character of our country is not dependant on the inclusion of the word “secular” in the Preamble. So what is the fuss all about? We are secular. Full stop.
— Nivedita Dwivedi, Mumbai
A fine balance
THIS refers to the editorial, ‘Now press repeat’ (IE, January 30). The NDA government’s emphasis on making tax administration less adversarial is laudable. The government has taken the right step by not appealing against the Bombay High Court order on the transfer-pricing dispute with Vodafone. This move will reassure foreign investors and make the environment more conducive for doing business. Tax litigation is troublesome and a waste of entrepreneurial energy. The government did well to send out a signal to its taxmen that a balance has to be struck between rules and flexibility.
— Ganapathi Bhat, Akola
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