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Letter of the Week from our readers.

December 6, 2014 1:28:30 am

This refers to ‘Ancient India tested nukes, Modiji right on Ganesh surgery: ex-CM in Lok Sabha’ (IE, December 4). I wish to ask MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who enlightened us about the advanced level of “knowledge and science” in ancient India, why Prithviraj Chauhan, Maharana Pratap and other great warrior-kings did not use nuclear weapons to check the onslaught of the marauding hordes from across the Khyber. After all, simply assembling nukes wouldn’t have been too difficult in medieval times, since Sage Kanad had already conducted tests in the 2nd century BC. Also, how come Dashrath couldn’t arrange for Shravan Kumar to have surgery — plastic or otherwise — when his arrow accidentally struck the young child? Also, how come our great advances in genetic science couldn’t help Rani Lakshmibai, who became a victim of Dalhousie’s infamous doctrine of lapse? It’s one thing to take justifiable pride in the achievements of Indian civilisation. Quite another to stretch it to ludicrous proportions. In the process, even genuine achievements lose credibility.
— Apoorv Tyagi

Question for Naidu
This  refers to Brinda Karat’s ‘Prime minister’s choice’ (IE, December 5). I am writing to express my views regarding the matter that rocked both Houses of Parliament, as mentioned by Karat. I completely agree with the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must not let his duty to uphold the Constitution of India be overshadowed by other objectives and imperatives. This is the right time for him to prove that he does indeed uphold the Constitution and that liberal principles and values are dear to him. He must ask Niranjan Jyoti to resign immediately. Such hate speech bring shame to our democracy. The silence of our secular country’s prime minister and the promotion of hate-speech-makers as ministers is horrific. It only adds fuel to the fire. Also, I wish to ask Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu: Does the Indian Constitution have any provision or special rights for “village women” to make hate speeches? The Constitution is the supreme law of India. Niranjan Jyoti can’t get away with just an apology and some hilarious excuses.
— Prakash G. Kamble

NIRANJAN JYOTI’S deplorable comments are unpardonable and it would be apt for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take strong action against her. The disruption of Parliament has become the norm. It is commonly held at ransom by opposition parties. The BJP’s track record in this regard isn’t great. Neither hate speech nor a dysfunctional legislature are healthy for our democracy.
— Aatish Sharma

Too quick to cut
Not including Yuvraj Singh, Virendra Sehwag and Zaheer Khan in the 30-member probables list for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia next year is a big blunder on the part of the selectors. Yuvraj Singh is a match-winner and so is Sehwag. Their very presence on the team sends shivers down the spines of rivals. It may be true that they are not in top form at the moment, but they are brilliant performers who should have been given an opportunity to prove their mettle. Proven talent needs just a few good innings to regain form. They could have been left out if their form showed no signs of improvement at the time of the final selection of the squad.
— S.N. Kabra

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