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Letters to the editor: His cloudy past

Bless the Supreme Court for preserving our freedom of thought and expression on the internet.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: March 26, 2015 12:00:35 am

I can’t believe The Indian Express published an “opinion”-ated piece by Ashwani Kumar (‘Failing the fairness test’, IE, March 20). He was law minister in the UPA government and was accused of summoning former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha and vetting and diluting the coal scam affidavit. The least you could do is mention this along with his piece, which, I must confess, smacks of sophistry and adds no logical value to my understanding of the issue.
— Dipen Sheth, Mumbai

India endures

Bless the Supreme Court for preserving our freedom of thought and expression on the internet; a liberty that was imperilled by Section 66A of the IT Act, which the SC has now trashed (‘#VictoryForFreedom’, IE, March 25). Indeed, the Net is perhaps the only realm left for the citizenry to exercise these rights. It is amusing to see the political parties that earlier colluded to create Section 66A now desperately rewrite the narrative in order to claim that they “support” the verdict. But we must be vigilant, for these forces will regroup in time. How apt the quote in the judgment: “It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” These words deserve to be inscribed before Parliament.
— R.P. Subramanian, Delhi


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This refers to Abhinav Kumar’s article, ‘Sad day for the pompous’ (IE, March 25). It is really sad that politicians and unscrupulous police officials gang up to keep people “in check”. This muzzling of people is the reason that legislatures are ever ready to arm the police with enormous discretionary powers. A democratic mindset is conspicuous by its absence. The way the amendments that inserted Section 66A into the Information Technology Act were passed by Parliament confirms this.
— M.N. Bhartiya, Goa

The spectre is real

Illegal migration of Bangladeshis is a real problem and it would be lunacy to dismiss it as mere “spectre”, as the writer does. The problem is so serious that, in Sarbananda Sonowal’s case, the court held that such a major influx of illegal migration is “external aggression” and has to be tackled as such. It’s fashionable for leftists to think of India as a collective farm, where everybody, including those from across the border, is welcome and to think of governance as a great socialist café debate. India, alas, is not a utopian theme park where leftists can coolly carry out their experiments in “hybridity” and multiculturalism. Why import hunger, poverty and disease when we have enough of our own?
— Ajay Tyagi, Mumbai

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