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Letters to the editor: Not alone

Did we ever dream that we would evolve into a society that has no place for thinkers?

By: Express News Service |
February 7, 2015 12:03:50 am

It is not surprising to see the continued hounding of author Perumal Murugan for exercising his fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression (‘Murugan, wife apply for transfer from college to avoid book row’, IE, February 4). His detractors are not satisfied with forcing him to stop writing. He is now being threatened with a social boycott. Did we ever dream that we would evolve into a society that has no place for thinkers? Amartya Sen immortalised the idea of “the argumentative Indian”. Why have we lost our ability to argue, to discuss, to debate, to tolerate and even relish dissent? I am with you, Mr Murugan, and with many others like you.
— Nivedita Dwivedi

A, B or C?

This refers to ‘Ab ki baar?’ (IE, February 6). Truth be told, ab ki baar, it could be any party’s sarkar — either A’s (Aam Aadmi Party’s) or B’s (Bharatiya Janata Party’s), though perhaps not C’s (Congress party’s). In the current electoral race, the Congress appears to have been left far behind. Irrespective of which party finally wins, the people of Delhi desperately deserve a caring, sincere and stable government. But the citizens of Delhi have a duty to discharge, too. They must set all other matters aside and go out to cast their votes. It goes without saying that a fractured verdict would be devastating.
— S. Kumar

Unnatural allies

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This refers to the editorial, ‘AAP ki CPM’ (IE, February 6). The CPM’s decision to support AAP candidates in 55 out of 70 constituencies in the Delhi assembly elections is correct and, more importantly, not a departure from its hardline Marxist ideology. The AAP is ideologically amorphous but leans towards the left. The CPM’s analysis that forming political fronts with anti-Congress and anti-BJP parties led to its marginalisation in Indian politics is also correct. Most of these parties are casteist, feudalistic and dynasty-driven. The educated and politically conscious youth did not like the CPM joining hands with them and slowly drifted away from the party. For expanding its mass base, the CPM may have to dilute its Marxist ideology to suit the Indian situation — but it must not throw in its lot with unnatural allies for quick electoral gains.
— Hema

Who suffers?
This refers to ‘SC pushes back at government, collegium meets to discuss judges’ (IE, February 6). The government should clear the air on the status of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). It must direct its law officers to ensure that the public interest litigations filed in the apex court move expeditiously so that the roadblocks to the notification of the constitutional amendment and the NJAC Act can be cleared. Importantly, there should be communication between the judiciary and the executive on this issue to avoid misunderstandings. Lakhs of litigants are waiting for justice in the upper judiciary. If there is a scarcity of judges, pendency will go up. Both the government and the judiciary will be blamed for the delay in appointing judges. A delicate balance has to be struck so that litigants do not suffer.
— Ganapathi Bhat

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